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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2009 September;53(3):107-11

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Long-term effectiveness of lumboperitoneal flow-regulated shunt system for idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Ulivieri S. 1, Oliveri G. 1, Georgantzinou M. 1, Fru-schelli M. 2, Motolese P. 2, Menicacci F. 2, Motolese I. 2, Motelese E. 2

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital, Siena, Italy
2 Ophthalmology, Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital, Siena, Italy


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AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of lumboperitoneal flow-regulated shunt for the treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
METHODS: This was a retrospective study carried out on four patients with IIH, treated from January to December 2007 with lumboperitoneal flow-regulated shunt (OSV II Smart Valve Systems®; Integra NeuroSciences). The mean follow-up period was 13 months.
RESULTS: The treatment was successful in alleviating symptoms in all cases and no patient required revisions.
CONCLUSIONS:In conclusion the placement of flow-regulated valves is a satisfactory treatment for those IIH patients who require surgical therapy.

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