Potential complications of unrecognized cerebrospinal fluid leaks secondary to mastoid surgery

G. F. Moore, A. J. Nissen, A. J. Yonkers

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Abstract

Unrecognized cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage from a dural tear created during mastoidectomy rarely occurs, but when it does the consequences may be catastrophic. The potential complications discussed in this article are CSF otorrhea, meningitis, penumocephalus, and hydrocephalus. The pathophysiology and diagnosis of these complications are individually discussed. The medical management and surgical procedures required to treat such complicatons are reviewed using a case presentation as an illustration. In addition, a flow sheet detailing the interrelationship between these potential complications and their treatment is outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Otology
Volume5
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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