Neurosurgical Review

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 103–105 | Cite as

Acute hydrocephalus in infectious spinal disorder

  • Raimund Firsching
  • Karl-Eduard Richard
  • Frank Thun
Case reports


Two patients with infectious spinal disorders and increased intracranial pressure are described. One patient with spinal empyema lapsed into coma but improved after external ventricular drainage to relieve increased intracranial pressure. The second patient, who had a severe wound infection after repeated operative stabilization of a cervical spine fracture, developed increased intracranial pressure and subsequent hydrocephalus 6 months after the trauma. The pathogenesis of hydrocephalus in infectious spinal disorder is discussed.


Hydrocephalus increased intracranial pressure infectious spinal disorders ventricular drainage 


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© Walter de Gruyter & Co 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raimund Firsching
    • 1
    • 3
  • Karl-Eduard Richard
    • 1
  • Frank Thun
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurosurgical ClinicCologne University HospitalCologneWest Germany
  2. 2.Radiological InstituteCologne University HospitalCologneWest Germany
  3. 3.Neurochirurgische UniversitätsklinikKöln 41West Germany

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