Scientific article

Bilateral subdural hematomas following routine lumbar diskectomy

Published inHeadache, vol. 40, no. 6, p. 480-482
Publication date2000

Intracranial hypotension is a rare, and possibly underrecognized, cause of headache in middle age. Occurring spontaneously in the vast majority of cases, it has been occasionally reported after certain neurosurgical procedures involving craniectomy. We report a unique situation in which a patient developed severe postural headache typical of intracranial hypotension, which was complicated by bilateral subdural hematomas, immediately following a routine lumbar diskectomy; the headache resolved spontaneously. We suggest that an intraoperative microscopic dural breach was the site of sustained, but self-limited, cerebrospinal fluid leakage that eventually led to intracranial hypotension.

  • Aged
  • Diskectomy/adverse effects
  • Hematoma, Subdural/diagnosis/etiology
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Hypotension/etiology
  • Low Back Pain/surgery
  • Lumbosacral Region
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Citation (ISO format)
BURKHARD, Pierre, DUFF, J M. Bilateral subdural hematomas following routine lumbar diskectomy. In: Headache, 2000, vol. 40, n° 6, p. 480–482. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.2000.00072.x
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