The utility of lumbar drains in modern endoscopic skull base surgery.

@article{Stokken2015TheUO,
  title={The utility of lumbar drains in modern endoscopic skull base surgery.},
  author={Janalee K Stokken and Pablo F. Recinos and Troy R Woodard and Raj Sindwani},
  journal={Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery},
  year={2015},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={78-82}
}
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Lumbar drains were once routinely used for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion in endoscopic skull base reconstruction. The vascularized pedicled nasoseptal flap has now become the reconstructive workhorse in the setting of high-flow leaks. High-flow CSF leaks occur when there is violation of a cistern or ventricle. As lumbar drains have the potential for significant complications and the rate of postoperative CSF leak has decreased with the use of vascularized flaps, lumbar… CONTINUE READING

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