Treatment of dural tears associated with spinal surgery

F. J. Eismont, S. W. Wiesel, R. H. Rothman

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We reviewed the cases of five consecutive patients with tears of the spinal 0,13129 dura with postoperative leaks of cerebrospinal fluid. Problems included the persistence of cerebrospinal-fluid fistulas in four patients and a late symptomatic pseudomeningocele in one, all requiring reoperation and meticulous closure of the dura. Dural tears should be repaired at the time of the original operation either directly or utilizing a fascial graft or a tissue-plug technique. When the leak is first noted in the postoperative period, reoperation for repair of the dura is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1132-1136
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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