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Matthew D. Smyth, Jason T. Banks, R. Shane Tubbs, John C. Wellons III and W. Jerry Oakes

: Postoperative pain control after craniotomy. J Neurosci Nurs 31: 47–49, 1999 9. Herbert C : Use of morphine for pain after intracranial surgery. Prof Nurse 16 : 1029 – 1033 , 2001 Herbert C: Use of morphine for pain after intracranial surgery. Prof Nurse 16: 1029–1033, 2001 10. Hudgins RJ , Gilreath L : Chiari 1 decompression as an outpatient procedure , in American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons Scientific Program, 24th Annual Meeting. Maui, HI : ASPN , 2001 Hudgins RJ, Gilreath L: Chiari 1

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Clarence S. Greene Jr., Michele Cheung and Josie Perdue

Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases , ed 2 . New York : Churchill Livingstone , 2003 , pp Yogev R: Focal suppurative infections of the central nervous system, in Long SS, Pickering LK, Prober CG (eds): Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, ed 2. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2003, pp A version of this manuscript was presented at the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons Meeting, Kona, Hawaii, 2003.

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Joseph H. Piatt Jr.

The Section on Neurological Surgery (SONS) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) occupies a distinct position in neurosurgical politics: it is not a clinical or a scientific organization but, rather, a service organization. Unlike its sister organizations, the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, the SONS does not hold an annual meeting and neurosurgeons are not the immediate beneficiaries of its

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noneducational work time. Utilization of advanced medical information systems is thought to have contributed to this. Two years ago at the 2004 American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ASPN) meeting, the authors reported the 6-month results of a project in which MData, a personal digital assistant (PDA) patient data delivery application, was instituted at our hospital. Methods. In April 2003, all pediatric residents at Children’s Hospital of Alabama were issued PDAs simultaneous with the implementation of MData. Currently, all pediatric residents are using a PDA as the

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Abstracts for the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons 3 2006 104 3 A216 A225 10.3171/ped.2006.104.3.a216 PED.2006.104.3.A216 What we don’t (but should) know about hydrocephalus Marvin Bergsneider Michael R. Egnor Miles Johnston Dory Kranz Joseph R. Madsen James P. Mcallister II Curt Stewart Marion L. Walker Michael A. Williams 3 2006 104 3 157 159 10.3171/ped.2006.104.3.157 PED.2006.104.3.157 Use of multifocal visual evoked potential tests in the objective evaluation of the visual field in pediatric epilepsy surgery

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Shenandoah Robinson, Qing Li, Anne DeChant and Mark L. Cohen

in the newborn piglet brain following transient cerebral hypoxia-ischaemia . Neuropath Appl Neurol 23 : 16 – 25 , 1997 This work was supported by Grant No. KO8-NS46486-01A1 from the National Institutes of Health to Dr. Robinson. A subset of these results was presented at the 2005 meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons.

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Luis M. Tumialán, Franklin Lin and Sanjay K. Gupta

analysis . Pediatr Infect Dis J 21 : 632 – 636 , 2002 24 Stamos JK , Kaufman BA , Yogev R : Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infections with gram-negative bacteria . Neurosurgery 33 : 858 – 862 , 1993 25 Theccanat G , Hirschfield L , Isenberg H : Serratia marcescens meningitis . J Clin Microbiol 29 : 822 – 823 , 1991 26 Whitehead WE , Kestle JR : The treatment of cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections. Results from a practice survey of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons . Pediatr Neurosurg 35 : 205 – 210 , 2001 27

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Brian T. Ragel, Samuel R. Browd and Richard H. Schmidt

Whitehead WE , Kestle JR : The treatment of cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections. Results from a practice survey of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons . Pediatr Neurosurg 35 : 205 – 210 , 2001 29 Wu WJ , Sha SH , Schacht J : Recent advances in understanding aminoglycoside ototoxicity and its prevention . Audiol Neurootol 7 : 171 – 174 , 2002 30 Yeung CY : Intrathecal antibiotic therapy for neonatal meningitis . Arch Dis Child 51 : 686 – 690 , 1976 31 Younger JJ , Simmons JC , Barrett FF : Failure of single

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John R. W. Kestle, Hugh J. L. Garton, William E. Whitehead, James M. Drake, Abhaya V. Kulkarni, D. Douglas Cochrane, Cheryl Muszynski and Marion L. Walker

optimal duration of antibiotic therapy for infected shunts is not obvious from findings presented in the literature. From a review of anecdotal accounts, uncontrolled studies, and discussions with colleagues, it has become apparent that some surgeons treat CSF shunt infections for differing time periods. A similar variation in treatment duration was identified in the responses to a case-scenario questionnaire sent to members of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. 8 To investigate the differences in treatment time further, we performed a pilot study for the

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Timothy B. Mapstone

T o the E ditor : I would like to point out an error in the November issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics . In that issue it appears as though Dr. Fred Epstein gave the first Harold and JoAnn Hoffman lecture at the 2006 American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ASPN) Annual Meeting. This is incorrect. The correct information is that Dr. David McLone will give the inaugural Harold and JoAnn Hoffman lecture at the ASPN Annual Meeting in 2007.