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Corpus callosal changes associated with hydrocephalus: a report of two cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9257320     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: Focal or diffuse corpus callosal changes can occur in patients with active hydrocephalus who undergo shunting procedures. The neural compression caused by active hydrocephalus and the conditions that follow ventricular shunting may contribute to the development of these changes. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Two patients who underwent successful shunting for hydrocephalus subsequently developed thickening and diffuse signal changes in the corpus callosum, which were revealed by magnetic resonance imaging. The abnormal signal intensity extended laterally and linearly along the callosal fiber tracts and was not associated with mass effect. These changes persisted despite clinical improvement after the shunts were implanted. INTERVENTION: Detailed neuropsychological testing showed no evidence of residual cognitive impairment or any interruption of the interhemispheric transfer of information. It has been proposed that the impingement of the corpus callosum by the rigid falx may contribute to symptomatic hydrocephalus. Impingement may cause partial hemispheric disconnection, resulting from callosal axonal dysfunction. Our patients showed radiographic evidence of dramatic changes within the corpus callosum after ventricular shunting, consistent with a transcallosal demyelinating process. Patients demonstrated neither clinical nor neuropsychological evidence of callosal disconnection, even though the callosal changes persisted. In these two patients, it is reasonable to assume that the relative sparing of the splenium accounts for the lack of neuropsychological deficits. CONCLUSION: Based on our findings, conservative management, rather than a stereotactic biopsy or other forms of intervention, seems reasonable when these characteristic changes of the callosum are noted by magnetic resonance imaging after a shunt for hydrocephalus has been implanted in the patient.
D Y Suh; M Gaskill-Shipley; M W Nemann; R G Tureen; R E Warnick
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0148-396X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurgery     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-30     Completed Date:  1997-09-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  488-93; discussion 493-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts
Corpus Callosum / pathology*
Hydrocephalus / diagnosis*,  psychology,  surgery
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Neuropsychological Tests
Postoperative Complications / diagnosis
Treatment Outcome

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