Congenital thoracolumbar deformity complication


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© The Author(s) 2018. Incidental durotomy is one of the most common intraoperative complications in spine surgery, including deformity surgery. Unrecognized tears or tears that fail to seal in spite of treatment may result in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistula formation and leak. In turn, CSF leaks may lead to severe postoperative headache, back pain, fluid accumulation and increased risk of infection. In this chapter, the authors present a case of a patient who underwent surgery for spinal deformity and developed a postoperative pseudomeningocele. Additionally, the causes, diagnosis, management, complications, and outcomes of CSF leak are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kosztowski, T; De la Garza Ramos, R; Rory Goodwin, C; Sciubba, DM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Book Title

  • Spinal Deformity: A Case-Based Approach to Managing and Avoiding Complications

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 154

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783319600826

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-319-60083-3_15

Citation Source

  • Scopus