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Cerebrospinal fluid ascites: a complication of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt
  1. David F. Dean1,
  2. Irvin B. Keller
  1. Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, U.S.A.


    A 1 year old Caucasian male born with an omphalocoele, malrotation of the large bowel, and Ladd's bands developed an E. coli wound infection and subsequent meningitis-ventriculitis which responded to antibiotic therapy. Aqueductal stenosis and obstructive hydrocephalus initially was treated with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. After a routine diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus immunization, the child developed a CSF ascites which resolved following a ventriculoatrial shunt.

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    • 1 Present address: Neurosurgery Service, USAF Medical Centre, Keesler AFB, Mississippi, 39534, U.S.A.