Subcutaneous reservoir drainage versus ventriculoperitoneal shunt for the treatment of posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus in preterm infants

The objective of this systematic review is to determine the effect of subcutaneous reservoir drainage compared to ventriculoperitoneal shunt in neurodevelopmental outcome and other morbidities in preterm infants with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus.

Four specific objectives of this review are:

  1. Compare the long-term efficacy (neurodevelopmental outcomes) of the two interventions.
  2. Compare the short-term efficacy (changes of ventricular size, intracranial pressure and head circumference) of the two interventions.
  3. Compare the perioperative risks and complications of the two interventions.
  4. Compare the post-operative side-effects and complications of the two interventions.

This is a protocol.