Table 2

Hospital admissions and shunt revisions before and after medication withdrawal

PatientAge at withdrawal (years)Annual No of operations before vs after withdrawalNo of ICP measurements before vs after withdrawalNo of hospital admissions before vs after withdrawalNo of days admitted to hospital before vs after withdrawalNo of outpatient contacts before vs after withdrawal
M2420102.7016.301.30
F336120.49.31.2439.230.8
F60201.303.3018.302.70.5
M1911.51.3021.115.711.33.71.6
M281.71103.3120.77.551.3
F39100.300.70.290.21.30.9
Mean values33.82.30.6*1.20.07*3.60.6*20.54.7*2.80.9*
  • Values averaged per year over the last 3 years before withdrawal and as an average per follow-up year after withdrawal.

  • * p<0.05 using the Wilcoxon test.

  • ICP, intracranial pressure.