Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 148, Issue 4, pp 435–441 | Cite as

The Camino intracranial pressure device in clinical practice. Assessment in a 1000 cases

  • M. Gelabert-González
  • V. Ginesta-Galan
  • R. Sernamito-García
  • A. G. Allut
  • J. Bandin-Diéguez
  • R. M. Rumbo
Clinical Article


Background. Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring has become standard in the management of neurocritical patients. A variety of monitoring techniques and devices are available, each offering advantages and disadvantages. Analysis of large populations has never been performed.

Patients and methods. A prospective study was designed to evaluate the Camino® fiberoptic intraparenchymal cerebral pressure monitor for complications and accuracy.

Results. Between 1992–2004 one thousand consecutive patients had a fiberoptic ICP monitor placed. The most frequent indication for monitoring was severe head injury (697 cases). The average duration of ICP monitoring was 184.6 ± 94.3 hours; the range was 16–581 hours. Zero drift (range, −17 to 21 mm Hg; mean 7.3 ± 5.1) was recorded after the devices were removed from 624 patients. Mechanical complications such as: breakage of the optical fiber (n = 17); dislocations of the fixation screw (n = 15) or the probe (n = 13); and failure of ICP recording for unknown reasons (n = 4) were found in 49 Camino® devices.

Conclusions. The Camino ICP sensor remains one of the most popular ICP monitoring devices for use in critical neurosurgical patients. The system offers reliable ICP measurements in an acceptable percentage of device complications and the advantage of in vivo recalibration. The incidence of technical complications was low and similar to others devices.

Keywords: Camino device; complications; fiberoptic device; intracranial pressure; ICP monitoring; zero drift. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gelabert-González
    • 1
  • V. Ginesta-Galan
    • 2
  • R. Sernamito-García
    • 1
  • A. G. Allut
    • 1
  • J. Bandin-Diéguez
    • 1
  • R. M. Rumbo
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurosurgical Service, Department of Surgery, Hospital of Santiago de CompostelaUniversity of Santiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Anaesthesia and Reanimation Service, Department of Surgery, Hospital of Santiago de CompostelaUniversity of Santiago de CompostelaSpain

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