Endoscopic cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea repair: is a lumbar drain necessary?

  title={Endoscopic cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea repair: is a lumbar drain necessary?},
  author={Roy R. Casiano and David Jassir},
  journal={Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery},
  volume={121 6},
OBJECTIVES To determine the necessity for lumbar drains during endoscopic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea repair. METHODS Thirty-three patients underwent endoscopic repair of CSF rhinorrhea without a lumbar drain during a 7-year period. The size of the dural defect ranged from a microleak (less than 1 mm dural defect) to a 3-cm dural defect of the anterior skull base. RESULTS All of the procedures in patients with smaller defects (<5 mm) were performed on an outpatient basis. Thirty… CONTINUE READING

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