Cerebrospinal fluid leak in a premature neonate

Arieh Riskin, Liana Beni-Adani, Irena Chistiekov, Amir Kugelman, Martha Abend-Weinger, David Bader

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Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cranial leaks in neonates are rare, and only four case reports have been published previously. Two of the previous cases were also in preterm newborns delivered at 30 weeks gestation. We present a case of CSF leak in a premature neonate delivered at 30 weeks gestation. Our approach to treatment was different from that previously described. After the initial treatment with local packing bandage failed to stop CSF leakage, local exploration with wound suturing was done, with resultant ceasing of leakage within 12 hours of birth. This case presents a rare complication of CSF leakage caused by internal scalp monitoring. This complication seems to be more frequent in premature babies, thus special consideration should be taken in premature infants before applying such monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Cranial leak
  • Premature neonate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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