Multiple supra- and infratentorial intraparenchymal hemorrhages presenting with seizure after massive sacral cerebrospinal fluid drainage.

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Summary of "Multiple supra- and infratentorial intraparenchymal hemorrhages presenting with seizure after massive sacral cerebrospinal fluid drainage."

STUDY DESIGN.: Case report and review of the literature. OBJECTIVE.: To describe a case of multiple supra- and infratentorial hemorrhages after spinal surgery presenting with seizure. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Cerebrospinal fluid overdrainage is a well-documented factor associated with remote cerebellar hemorrhage, but supratentorial hemorrhages after spinal surgery have been reported rarely. METHODS.: A 64-year-old woman underwent a sacral laminectomy for recurrent chordoma. A negative pressure wound drain was left in after surgery and drained 1300 mL in the first 48 hours. On the fourth postoperative day, the patient presented with tonic-clonic seizures. RESULTS.: Diagnostic imaging showed multiple supra- and infratentorial intraparenchymal hemorrhages and a massive sacral cerebrospinal fluid leak. The patient underwent emergent surgery for a primary repair of the presumed dural defect. CONCLUSION.: Patients who present with severe positional headache, altered mental status, or tonic-clonic seizures after undergoing intradural spinal procedures involving massive cerebrospinal fluid loss may be suffering from multiple supra- and infratentorial intracranial hemorrhages.


From the Department of Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurosciences Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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Name: Spine
ISSN: 1528-1159
Pages: E288-91


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