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Prospective Shunt Complication Study (Pro-ShuCS) (NCT02778997)

Complications in patients with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts are common. Thus, these patients are frequently admitted for suspicion of a shunt dysfunction (SD). However, the symptoms of a SD are often unspecific and the required diagnostics are time consuming, expensive, invasive and may involve radiation exposure. In a prospective observational study it is planned to find out, how often a suspected shunt dysfunction is found, which kinds of shunt dysfunction are seen and if there is a correlation between the shunt dysfunctions and the age of the shunt. Furthermore, it is intended to find out, if there are symptom-patterns specific for certain shunt dysfunctions.
  • Procedure: CSF Shunt treatment for hydrocephalus
    State after CSF shunt implantation
    Ages eligible for Study
    18 Years and older
    Genders eligible for Study
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Inclusion Criteria:
    • Age >= 18
    • State after implantation of a CSF shunt
    Exclusion Criteria:
    • refusion participation in the study
    All patients who are admitted for suspected shunt-dysfunction will be included. Patient data, detailed data about the shunt, patient's symptoms and all findings will be recorded in the CRF. After 4-8 weeks all patients will be followed-up to add missing data and correct initial findings with the benefit of a retrospective view. After 2 years, data will be analyzed.

    2 locations

    Switzerland (2)
    • Dept. of Neurosurgery, Zurich University Hospital
      Zurich, Switzerland, 8091
    • Zurich University Hospital
      Zurich, Switzerland
    31 March, 2016
    16 May, 2016
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