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Spontaneous resolution of a massive pseudomeningocoele.
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PMID:  19492572     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A pseudomeningocoele is an extradural collection of cerebrospinal fluid which results from a dural or arachnoid tear. The fluid is not contained within a protrusion of the meninges, which is typical for a real meningocoele. Although most pseudomeningocoeles probably go unrecognised, due to lack of symptoms, surgeons should maintain an index of suspicion when reviewing postoperative patients. Symptomatic pseudomeningocoeles warrant intervention, as the patients do not tolerate the symptoms. However, the literature neither suggests a trial of watching and waiting nor a suitable time frame for such a trial. The authors report the spontaneous resolution of a massive symptomatic pseudomeningocoele after 11 months. There is only one previous report of a similar case, where the pseudomeningocoele disappeared in three months.
Andrew Clarke; Michael Hutton
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta orthopaedica Belgica     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0001-6462     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Orthop Belg     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-04     Completed Date:  2009-06-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985165R     Medline TA:  Acta Orthop Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Exeter Spinal Unit, Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Devon, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Decompression, Surgical / adverse effects*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Meningocele / diagnosis,  pathology*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications / pathology
Remission, Spontaneous
Spinal Stenosis / surgery

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