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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1096-

External Ventricular Drain-Related Complications – Whether Continuous CSF Drainage via Ommaya Reservoir is the Answer?

Manas Panigrahi 
 Department of Neurosurgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Secunderabad, Telangana, India

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Manas Panigrahi
Department of Neurosurgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, 1-8-31/1, Ministers Road, Secunderabad - 500 003, Telangana
India




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Panigrahi M. External Ventricular Drain-Related Complications – Whether Continuous CSF Drainage via Ommaya Reservoir is the Answer?.Neurol India 2021;69:1096-1096


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Dear Editor,

I have read the original article entitled “External Ventricular Drain-Related Complications – Whether Continuous CSF Drainage Via Ommaya Reservoir is the Answer?” by Singh et al.,[1] published in Neurology India (March-April 2020; vol 68; Issue 2). I want to congratulate the authors for the research, and would also like to make some contributions.

In the article on 59 patients who required continuous cerebrospinal-fluid (CSF) drainage, ıt has been indicated that “external ventricular drainage through an Ommaya chamber is a safe and effective method and can be used to reduce the catheter-related complications such as infection, catheter blockage, and dislodgement”.[1] The findings suggested by Singh et al., are similar to the findings reported by our paper in 1997[2] on the role of reservoir in the management of patients with posterior fossa tumors and severe hydrocephalous. We had reported that “placing a reservoir prophylactically gives access to release CSF if the patient has a hydrocephalic attack.” It is very encouraging that the findings reported by us in 1997 are consistent and still hold clinical relevance. Surprisingly, the technique we reported in 1997 has probably not been utilized by others, perhaps due to lack of access to the paper as Neurology India was not an indexed journal then. Encouragingly, 23 years later when a similar technique is presented on mixed groups of patients, our findings still hold value.

I congratulate the authors Singh et al. for the publication in Neurology India. For the readers of Neurology India and the scientific community to access our work done in 1997, the relevant reference is cited as a reference for this letter.

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References

1Singh H, Patir R, Vaishya S, Miglani R, Kaur A. External ventricular drain related complications-whether continuous csf drainage via ommaya reservoir is the answer? Neurol India 2020;68:458-61.
2Panigrahi M, Devi BI. Management of posterior fossa tumours with severe hydrocephalus. Neurol India 1997;45:114-6.