J Korean Neurosurg Soc.  2002 Nov;32(5):470-473.

Tension Pneumocephalus after Transsphenoidal Surgery for a Giant Pituitary Tumor: Case Report

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea. hdkim@donga.ac.kr

Abstract

Tension pneumocephalus is a rare complication of craniotomy, however, it should be managed promptly due to rapid neurological deterioration. We report a case of tension pneumocephalus after transsphenoidal surgery for a giant pituitary tumor. It may have developed because of the cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea and presence of an external lumbar drain.

Keyword

Tension pneumocephalus; Transsphenoidal surgery; CSF Rhinorrhea; External lumbar drain; Giant pituitary tumor
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