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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 367--9

Post lumbar puncture spinal subarachnoid hematoma causing paraplegia : a short report.

Department of Neurosurgery, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore - 560054, India., India

Correspondence Address:
S Balaji Pai
Department of Neurosurgery, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore - 560054, India.
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A 53 year old male underwent total excision of a large sphenoidal wing meningioma. Patient was treated with cephalosporins and phenytoin for postoperative meningitis. Three weeks after surgery, a follow up lumbar puncture was done. The patient became paraplegic over a few hours. Imaging of the dorsolumbar spine and other investigations demonstrated a large intraspinal hematoma caused by thrombocytopenia which was probably drug induced. After normalising the platelet count surgical evacuation of the spinal subarachnoid hematoma was done. Relevant literature is reviewed.


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