Case Report| Volume 16, ISSUE 12, P1673-1675, December 2009

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Spontaneous cerebellar haemorrhage following lumbar fusion


      Spontaneous cerebellar haemorrhage following spinal surgery is rare, with fewer than 20 patients reported in the literature. We present a 70-year-old woman who underwent a L5–S1 posterior lumbar interbody fusion for spondylolisthesis. Intraoperatively, an incidental durotomy occurred and was repaired uneventfully. A large amount of serosanguinous fluid was noted in the subfascial drain post-operatively. The patient became increasingly drowsy 36 hours later. She was subsequently found to have bilateral cerebellar haemorrhages with associated non-communicating hydrocephalus.


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