CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial

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The CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial has reached 50% enrollment!

The CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial has reached the halfway mark in patient enrollment – that is 224 patients enrolled! Lead investigator, Dr. William Whitehead, expects to complete enrollment by February 2018.

About the trial:

In 2014, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awarded a $1.8 million contract in support of a Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) randomized control trial to determine the most effective entry site for placing a shunt. The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) partnered with HCRN to involve patients and caregivers in the initial study selection and development.

The most common treatment of hydrocephalus is the placement of a shunt. There are two possible entry sites which surgeons use to place the shunt, but it is unclear which, if either, entry site is better. The CSF Entry Site Trial is using randomized trial methods to compare the two possible entry sites.

About PCORI:

The funding organization, PCORI, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization established by Congress under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. PCORI aims to fund research that is most relevant to patients and its funded contracts require involvement by the patient community throughout the entire lifecycle of a project. To learn more about how PCORI is putting patients at the center of research click here.

2 Comments for : CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial
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    There is a third choice for shunt placement. My adult daughter was born with the Dandy-Walker variant of hydrocephalus. She was shunted at 3 months old using the posterior site. We later learned that with a Dandy-Walker, the cyst should have been shunted, otherwise the aquaduct of sylvus will occlude at least 50% of the time. This happened to her and has caused major reprocussions including grand mal seizures and chronic insomnia. The doctor should have known better since the literature was available at the time and he was in a large hospital in California.

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    My nephew is 47 years old and has had many shunt revisions. He is blind because of the shunt malfunction, mild MR, seizure problems, and many, many problems. Can you help or care to help.

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