Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 135, Issue 1–2, pp 84–86 | Cite as

Shaving the hair — Is it always necessary for cranial neurosurgical procedures?

  • V. Braun
  • H. P. Richter
Operative Technique and Related Results


Shaving of the hair and neurosurgical procedures are almost inseparably connected issues. This may add an additional psychological stress to the patient. Those departments which abandoned pre-operative shaving did not see higher infection rates. From January 1993 to September 1994 we performed 57 cranial procedures without any shaving, among them 5 shunt procedures. We found no disturbances of wound healing or septic complications. Therefore neurosurgical procedures without shaving are recommended for all benign cranial processes if a rapid rehabilitation of the patient to his normal daily life is to be expected.


Craniotomy shaving infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Braun
    • 1
  • H. P. Richter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of UlmUlmFederal Republic of Germany

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