Extradural haematoma complicating lumbar puncture following a craniotomy: A case report

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Abstract

Background. This case report illustrates the development of an intracranial extradural haematoma (EDH) as an uncommon complication of a lumbar puncture. Clinical presentation. A 10-year-old girl operated for intra-third ventricular cysticercosis developed postlumbar puncture headache after a drainage lumbar puncture (LP) on the 7th post-operative day. CT scan revealed a right frontal EDH away from the operative site. Intervention. The child was managed conservatively in view of her preserved sensorium. Results. The child had an uneventful recovery. Follow-up CT scans showed resolution of the haematoma. Conclusions. LP, though considered to be a safe procedure, may rarely be associated with a potentially lethal intracranial haematoma, which can be managed successfully if diagnosed at an early stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-236
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Volume42
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cysticercosis
  • Haematoma, epidural
  • Spinal puncture adverse effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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