Posttraumatic Hydrocephalus: A Clinical, Neuroradiologic, and Neuropsychologic Assessment of Long-Term Outcome

Letizia Mazzini, Riccardo Campini, Elisabetta Angelino, Felice Rognone, Ilaria Pastore, Giuseppe Oliveri

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Objectives: To detect the clinical and radiologic characteristics of posttraumatic hydrocephalus (PTH), to define its prognostic value, and to assess the effects of shunt surgery. Design: Correlational study on a prospective cohort. Setting: Brain injury rehabilitation center. Participants: One hundred forty patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) referred to an inpatient intensive rehabilitation unit of primary care in a university-based system. Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: The Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS), Disability Rating Scale (DRS), FIM™ instrument, and Neurobehavioural Rating Scale (NRS), as well as single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and magnetic resonance imaging. Results: PTH was found in 45% of patients. Risk factors for PTH were as follows: age (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1637-1641
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003



  • Diagnosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Outcome assessment (health care)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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