Despite its effectiveness, cerebrospinal shunting for hydrocephalus continues to be accompanied by considerable complications and morbidity. Medical therapy with acetazolamide 100 mg/kg/day and furosemide 1 mg/kg/day can be an effective alteraative to shunting by halting progression of hydrocephalus until such time as sutures can become fibrosed and spontaneous arrest can occur. In an appropriately selected population older than 2 weeks with hydrocephalus of varied origin, our success rate in avoiding shunting is >50%. The dramatic difference between the number of hospitalizations of patients with shunts and those treated medically, and the potential to avoid shunt dependence would appear to make an initial trial with medical therapy worthwhile.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health