The accuracy of linear indices of ventricular volume in pediatric hydrocephalus: Technical note

Dustin K. Ragan, Jonathon Cerqua, Tiffany Nash, Robert C. McKinstry, Joshua S. Shimony, Blaise V. Jones, Francesco T. Mangano, Scott K. Holland, Weihong Yuan, David D. Limbrick

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Abstract

Assessment of ventricular size is essential in clinical management of hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders. At present, ventricular size is assessed using indices derived from the dimensions of the ventricles rather than the actual volumes. In a population of 22 children with congenital hydrocephalus and 22 controls, the authors evaluated the relationship between ventricular volume and linear indices in common use, such as the frontooccipital horn ratio, Evans' index, and the bicaudate index. Ventricular volume was measured on high-resolution anatomical MR images. The frontooccipital horn ratio was found to have a stronger correlation with both absolute and relative ventricular volume than other indices. Further analysis of the brain volumes found that congenital hydrocephalus produced a negligible decrease in the volume of the brain parenchyma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-551
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Linear indices
  • MRI
  • Volumes

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