Chronic CSF leak is a complication of spinal surgery. Multiple terms are used in the context of abnormal flow of CSF at the spinal level and clarification is needed. Differences between durotomy, duro-cutaneous fistula and pseudo-meningocele are important and must therefore be better appreciated. Clinical significance can be found in the incidence of this problem which can plague patients and frustrate clinicians. By providing a comprehensive review of the pathophysiology, a logical treatment algorithm can be suggested for assisting treating physicians.
ArgoSpine News & Journal – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 28, 2013