Journal Article
Validation Study
Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus: Validation of the DESH score as a prognostic tool for shunt surgery response.

OBJECTIVE: Several radiological markers have been linked to clinical improvement after shunt surgery for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH). However, iNPH has no pathognomonic feature, and patients are still diagnosed as probable, possible, or unlikely cases based on clinical symptoms, imaging findings, and invasive supplementary tests. The predictive value of the disproportionately enlarged subarachnoid space hydrocephalus (DESH) score is not yet conclusively determined, but it might offer a more accurate diagnostic method. The aim of the present retrospective cohort study was to validate the predictive power of the DESH score for clinical improvement after shunt surgery in iNPH patients.

METHODS: We retrospectively obtained presurgical MRI and/or CT scans from 71 patients with iNPH who underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery. Radiological images were evaluated for Evans index (EI), corpus callosal angle (CA), tight high convexity (THC), Sylvian fissure dilation, and focal sulci dilation. These markers were aggregated to determine the DESH score. Patient journal entries were used to subjectively determine the extent of improvement in gait function, urinary incontinence, and/or cognition as a measure of shunt surgery response.

RESULTS: Multiple logistic regression analysis, controlling for age and sex (α = 0.05), showed that DESH score was significantly correlated (OR 1.77) with subjective shunt-surgery response at a minimum of 1-month follow-up. Patients with higher DESH scores were more likely to have a favorable response to shunt surgery.

CONCLUSION: Aggregating radiological markers into the DESH score is useful for predicting shunt responders among iNPH patients and can aid the selection of patients for surgery. These findings provide further support for the DESH score as a diagnostic tool for iNPH.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

Related Resources

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app