Cerebrospinal fluid leaks following cervical spine surgery.

  title={Cerebrospinal fluid leaks following cervical spine surgery.},
  author={David Hannallah and Joon Yung Lee and Mustafa H. Khan and William Fielding Donaldson and James D. Kang},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  volume={90 5},
BACKGROUND A cerebrospinal fluid leak during cervical spine surgery is a feared complication. However, little is known about the prevalence, management, and long-term course of these events. METHODS The medical records of 1994 patients who had elective cervical spine surgery during an eleven-year period (1994 through 2005) were reviewed. Patients with cervical cerebrospinal fluid leaks identified at the time of surgery were followed both clinically and radiographically for an average of 5.4… CONTINUE READING
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