Topical instillation of vancomycin lowers the rate of CSF shunt infections in children.


Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Leipzig, Liebigstrasse 20, 04103, Leipzig, Germany. [Email]


Shunt surgery in pediatric patients still bears a significant risk of infection, in addition to mechanical complications of the shunt system. Antibiotic-impregnated systems and perioperative antibiotics have been extensively studied for their potential to reduce shunt infections. We examined the effectiveness of intrawound application of vancomycin powder during shunt surgery.


Hydrocephalus,Shunt infections,Topical vancomycin,