|IMAGING IN NEURAL REGENERATION
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 1288-1289
Injury of the superior longitudinal fasciculus by ventriculoperitoneal shunt: a diffusion tensor tractography study
Sung Ho Jang, Han Do Lee
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Namku, Daegu, Republic of Korea
|Date of Acceptance||10-May-2017|
|Date of Web Publication||13-Jul-2018|
Han Do Lee
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Namku, Daegu
Republic of Korea
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Jang SH, Lee HD. Injury of the superior longitudinal fasciculus by ventriculoperitoneal shunt: a diffusion tensor tractography study. Neural Regen Res 2018;13:1288-9
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Jang SH, Lee HD. Injury of the superior longitudinal fasciculus by ventriculoperitoneal shunt: a diffusion tensor tractography study. Neural Regen Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Jan 26];13:1288-9. Available from: http://www.nrronline.org/text.asp?2018/13/7/1288/235093
In this study, we report on a patient who suffered from injury of the superior longitudinal fasciculus following ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt operation, which was demonstrated with diffusion tensor tractography (DTT).
An 82-year-old female patient was diagnosed as suffering from normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) and underwent VP shunt operation approached through the right posterior parietal area in the brain 3 years ago [Figure 1]A. Brain MRI at 3 years after the shunt operation showed that the VP shunt passed through the right inferior parietal lobule and adjacent subcortical white matter [Figure 1]B. Her cognition was so poor that the Mini-Mental State Exam score was not even checked. Therefore, her neglect could not be evaluated using a formal evaluation tool such as the line bisection test, however, she did not show symptoms of neglect clinically. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Yeungnam University Hospital (IRB No. YUMC-2015-07-064).
|Figure 1: Brain MR imaging and diffusion tensor tractography for a 82-year-old female patient with normal pressure hydrocephalus following ventrioculoperitoneal (VP) shunt.|
(A, B) Brain MR images taken before the VP shunt operation (A) and 3 years after VP shunt (green dotted line) operation show that the VP shunt passes through the right upper portion of the anterior thalamus (B). (C) Diffusion tensor tractography. The lower portion of the right superior longitudinal fasciculus (yellow arrows) is not reconstructed compared with the left superior longitudinal fasciculus. L: Left: R: right.
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Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) data were acquired 2 weeks after VP shunt operation using a 6-channel head coil on a 1.5 T Philips Gyroscan Intera (Philips, Ltd, Best, The Netherlands) with single-shot echo-planar imaging. For each of the 32 non-collinear diffusion sensitizing gradients, 70 contiguous slices were acquired parallel to the anterior commissure-posterior commissure line. Sixty contiguous slices (acquisition matrix = 96 × 96; reconstruction matrix = 192 × 192 matrix; field of view = 240 × 240 mm2; repetition time = 10,398 ms; echo time = 72 ms, b = 1000 s/mm2, number of excitations = 1, slice gap = 0 mm and thickness = 2.5 mm) were acquired for each of the 32 noncollinear diffusion-sensitizing gradients. Fiber tracking was performed using the fiber assignment continuous tracking algorithm implemented within the DTI task card software (Philips Extended MR Work Space 2.6.3). Each DTI replication was intra-registered to the baseline “b0” images to correct for residual eddy-current image distortions and head motion effect, using a diffusion registration package (Philips Medical Systems). For reconstruction of the superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF), the seed region of interest was placed on the triangular shape just lateral to the corticospinal tract near the anterior horn of the lateral ventricle and the target region of interest was placed on the triangular shape near the posterior horn of the lateral ventricle (Bernal and Altman, 2010). Termination criteria were fractional anisotropy (FA) < 0.15 and an angle change > 2°. The lower portion of the right SLF was not reconstructed compared with the left SLF [Figure 1]C. In addition, the value of fiber number (FN) of the SLF showed difference between the right and left hemispheres except for the values of fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity (MD) the right SLF– FA: 0.37, MD: 0.91, FN: 4015 and left – FA: 0.38, MD: 0.88, FN: 4950).
VP shunt operation is a common neurosurgical procedure for management of NPH. In this study, using DTT, injury of the right SLF following VP shunt operation was demonstrated in a patient with NPH. Because the VP shunt passed through the lower portion of the remaining SLF, it appeared that the injury of the lower portion of the right SLF resulted from the VP shunt. However, the symptom of neglect, which is the most representative symptom of the right SLF injury, was not observed in this patient, although the patient’s neglect could not be precisely estimated due to poor cognition (Shinoura et al., 2009; Lunven et al., 2015). Since introduction of DTT, several studies have reported that passage of a VP shunt caused injury of adjacent neural tracts (Gold et al., 2008; Kwon and Jang, 2012; Jang and Yeo, 2013; Jang and Seo, 2015, 2016). These neural tracts comprised the corticospinal tract, limbic system, cingulum, corticoreticulospinal tract, and thalamocingulate tract among the Papez circuit (Gold et al., 2008; Kwon and Jang, 2012; Jang and Yeo, 2013; Jang and Seo, 2015, 2016). Thus, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report to demonstrate an injury of the SLF following VP shunt operation. However, limitations of DTT should be considered: it can produce both false negative and false positive results due to crossing fiber, partial volume effect, or instrument-induced artifact (Parker and Alexander, 2005).
In conclusion, injury of the SLF was demonstrated following VP shunting in a patient with NPH, using DTT. It appears that DTT could be a useful imaging tool in detection of underlying injury of neural tracts after VP shunting. In-depth studies including a large number of subjects and development of safe neurosurgical procedures to save the neural tracts should be encouraged (Jang and Kwon, 2014; Jang et al., 2015; Kwon and Jang, 2015). 
Author contributions: SHJ was responsible for conception and design of this study and development and writing of the paper. HDL participated in conception and design of this study, was responsible for acquisition and analysis of data, and authorized the paper. Both of these two authors approved the final version of this paper.
Conflicts of interest: None declared.
Financial support: This work was supported by the Medical Research Center Program (2015R1A5A2009124) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The funder had no involvement in the study design; data collection, analysis, and interpretation; paper writing; or decision to submit the paper for publication.
Institutional review board statement:: The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Yeungnam University Hospital (approval No. YUMC-2015-07-064). The study followed the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.
Data sharing statement: Datasets analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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