Reduction of shunt obstructions using “contactless” ventricle puncture? Results of a randomized prospective multicenter study

Uwe Kehler, Niels Langer, Jan Gliemroth, Michael Kiefer, Regina Eymann, Ullrich Meier, Johannes Lemcke, Christian Sprung, Hans-Georg Schlosser & Oliver Heese
Objective: Shunt obstructions are caused partially by brain tissue particles, which intrude into the ventricular catheter during ventricle puncture. Avoiding the contact between the catheter and the brain tissue using a peel-away-sheath should reduce shunt failures due to obstruction. To prove this [for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]