Pleural Dural Fistula After Anterior Excision of Thoracic Disc Hernia: Suggested Repair Procedure

Nissim Ohana, Daniel Benharroch, Dimitri Sheinis

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Abstract

A young woman displayed a dural tear during thoracic spine surgery. The corpectomy was by anterior approach, after thoracotomy. The dural defect was plastered by a fatty flap and a pleural layer. One month later, she exhibited a right pleural effusion. No consensual intervention is available for this complication. This dural fistula was sealed by a triple patch comprising a flap of intercostal muscles. The incidence of dural leaks following an anterior thoracic spinal surgery is infrequent but not rare. A long delay from the index surgery is unusual. Three years after the repair, the patient is free from complaints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e191-e193
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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