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Tension pneumocephalus is a rare neurosurgical emergency usually causing rapid deterioration. Slowly-progressive postoperative tension pneumocephalus is very rare. We present a case that came to our attention 5 weeks after a craniotomy with gradual development of symptoms, and in the absence of any obvious CSF leak. A dural defect causing a one-way valve system was found at explorative craniotomy.

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurosurg Sci

Publication Date

09/2010

Volume

54

Pages

109 - 111

Keywords

Adult, Brain Neoplasms, Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak, Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea, Craniotomy, Female, Glioma, Humans, Pneumocephalus, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Treatment Outcome