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June 13, 1936

THE DANGERS OF VENTRICULOGRAPHY

JAMA. 1936;106(24):2072-2073. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770240036015
Abstract

Ventriculography is defined by Pendergrass1 as a procedure in which a series of roentgenograms is made of the head in several positions in the horizontal posture within one hour following the removal of all the available cerebrospinal fluid from the ventricles of the brain and its replacement by air. Since the procedure was first described by Dandy in 1918 a voluminous literature has developed, the general trend of which has been to stress the diagnostic value of ventriculography and to minimize the dangers. Several writers have pointed out complications that may follow ventriculography. At the Neurological Institute of New York a study of the dangers and mortality of ventriculography was made covering the five year period that ended with 1932. Riggs2 says in the report of this study that ventriculography was performed 148 times for suspected brain tumors. During the first two years the posterior horn of one

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