Shaving the hair — Is it always necessary for cranial neurosurgical procedures?
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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.
KeywordsCraniotomy shaving infection
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