Complications of hydrocephalus treatment.

Monday 13 February 2023, 10:30 am
S.H.H.M.J. Arts
prof. dr. R.H.M.A. Bartels
dr. H.D. Boogaarts, dr. E.J. van Lindert

Associated complications of temporary external drainage or permanent internal shunting for the treatment of hydrocephalus are a persistent, significant problem and should be the topic of future investigations. Although the costs of a shunt or drain might be relatively low compared to other implants in the field of neurosurgery, the costs of complications are enormous and pose a continuous burden on resources as well as a threat to patient wellbeing.

Future research should focus on optimizing shunt systems, and should include a systematic evaluation of current and new devices in the clinical setting. Ideally this can be accomplished through a randomized controlled trial, however, pragmatic registry-based observational studies (PROS) can also be used.

Sebastian Arts (1992) started as a PhD student at the department of neurosurgery of the Radboud University Medical Center in 2017 under supervision of prof. dr. R.H.M.A. Bartels, dr. E.J. van Lindert and dr. H.D. Boogaarts. Since 2019 he has worked as a radiologist in training at the department of radiology of the Radboud University Medical Center and the Rijnstate Hospital.