Postoperative cerebrospinal-fluid fistula associated with erosion of the dura. Findings after anterior resection of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the cervical spine.

@article{Smith1992PostoperativeCF,
  title={Postoperative cerebrospinal-fluid fistula associated with erosion of the dura. Findings after anterior resection of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the cervical spine.},
  author={Melvin D Smith and Michael J. Bolesta and Marvin Leventhal and Henry H. Bohlman},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  year={1992},
  volume={74 2},
  pages={270-7}
}
Of twenty-two patients who had had anterior decompression of the spinal canal for ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament and cervical myelopathy, seven had absence of the dura adjacent to the ossified part of the ligament. The spinal cord and nerve-roots were visible through this defect. Although the arachnoid membrane appeared to be intact and watertight in most patients, a cerebrospinal-fluid fistula developed postoperatively in five, and three had a second operation to repair… CONTINUE READING

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