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Outcome of Treatments for Shunt Infections in Children

  • 88% success rate: Success after shunt removal, insertion of an EVD, and systemic antibiotic therapy is close to 88%.
  • Risk for relapse of infection: Children who have suffered a CSF shunt infection are at risk of developing a second, third, or more episodes of infection, usually from the same strain of gram-positive microorganisms (153). However, more data are necessary to define the actual rates of this complication.