rss
BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.2012.006164
  • Learning from errors

The use of the ASET in the diagnosis of ventriculoatrial shunt infection

  1. Roger Bayston3
  1. 1Neurosurgery Department, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK
  2. 2Neurosurgery Department, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3BRIG, Division of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Roger Bayston, roger.bayston{at}nottingham.ac.uk

Summary

A 38-year-old man with a ventriculoatrial shunt presented with non-specific symptoms (headache, back pain, night sweats) and inconclusive laboratory results. He showed an extremely high titre of antibody to Staphylococcus epidermidis which proved diagnostic of shunt infection. This was confirmed on shunt removal and he was successfully treated.

Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

Register for free content

The full text of all Editor's Choice articles and summaries of every article are free without registration

The full text of Images in ... articles are free to registered users

Only fellows can access the full text of case reports (apart from Editor's Choice) - become a fellow today, or encourage your institution to, so that together we can grow and develop this resource

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the case reports as they are published, and let us know what you think by commenting on the Editor's blog

Navigate This Article