Research UPDATE: A Clue to Better Understand and Treat Hydrocephalus

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Tamara_SimonShared from our friends at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dr. Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH, and her research team from Seattle Children’s Hospital have discovered a clue that could help doctors better understand and treat hydrocephalus. Dr. Simon and her team used genetic sequencing to conduct the first-ever inventory of the complex assortment of bacteria and fungi found in the cerebrospinal fluid of eight children with shunt infections. They identified a surprisingly diverse variety of pathogens, many never before associated with shunt infections. This suggests that many different pathogens may conspire to drive the infections, indicating there might be something we can do to better treat and also prevent these difficult infections altogether.  (more…)

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