CNS Shunt Infections
Commonly implicated pathogens:
- Coagulase-negative staphylococci
- S. aureus
- Streptococcal species
- Gram-negative bacteria
- Propionibacterium species
- Corynebacterium spp.
- Candida species
- The vast majority of CSF shunt infections are caused by normal skin commensals.
- Patients with CSF shunts have an increased risk of meningitis caused by traditional pathogens (S. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis, H. influenzae), these are often treatable without shunt revision.
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