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February 1975

Shunt Fluid Aspiration: An Adjunct in the Diagnosis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection

Author Affiliations

From the divisions of infectious diseases, Children's Hospital Medical Center and Beth Israel Hospital (Dr. Myers); and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston (Dr. Schoenbaum). Dr. Myers is now with the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(2):220-222. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120390052010

Bacterial isolates were obtained from 42 of 59 cultures of shunt fluid aspirated from patients with infected cerebrospinal fluid shunts. The etiologic agent was recovered from 24 of 25 aspirates from patients who were not receiving antibiotics and from 18 of 34 aspirates from patients who were receiving antibiotics. Aspiration, culture, and Gram stain of shunt fluid should be considered in patients suspected of having a shunt infection.

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