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Minerva Pediatrica 2015 October;67(5):401-6

lingua: Inglese

Analysis of risk factors for hydrocephalus development in newborn infants with germinal matrix hemorrhage

Romero L. 1, Ros B. 1, Arráez M. A. 1, Ríus F. 2, González L. 1, Martín A. 1, Carrasco A. 1, Segura M. 1

1 Department of Neurosurgery, HRU Carlos Haya, Malaga, Spain;
2 Statistics Department, Malaga University, Malaga, Spain


AIM: The aim of this study was to analyze risk factors for the development of hydrocephalus in newborn infants with germinal matrix (GM) hemorrhage.
METHODS: The study comprised 271 patients admitted to Carlos Haya University Hospital in Malaga with GM hemorrhage. The following data were recorded: gestational age, gender, twin birth, head circumference at birth, weight at birth, and Papile grade. Severe obstetrical (abruption, chorioamnionitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, tocolytic treatment) and neonatal disorders (respiratory distress syndrome, neonatal infection, coagulation disorder, patent ductus arteriosus, necrotizing enterocolitis) were also recorded. Symptomatic hydrocephalus was diagnosed in the event of a progressive increase in head circumference and ventricular indices requiring shunting.
RESULTS: Of the 271 patients, 139 (51%) developed posthemorrhagic ventriculomegaly; 47 patients (17%) developed symptomatic hydrocephalus and needed shunt implantation. We found a significant relationship between the development of symptomatic hydrocephalus and Papile grade, lower gestational age, lower birth weight, twin birth, and neonatal infection.
CONCLUSION: Awareness of risk factors for the development of hydrocephalus in newborn infants with GM hemorrhage should be emphasized in order to enable an early diagnosis of ventriculomegaly and symptomatic hydrocephalus and thus make a correct therapeutic decision.

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