Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistula

W. H. Brown, J. C. Stothert

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Abstract

Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistulas are rare. We found 9 cases reported since 1959. Seven have been secondary to trauma and 2 following thoracotomy. One patient's death is thought to be directly related to the fistula. The diagnosis should be suspected in patients with a pleural effusion and associated vertebral trauma. The diagnosis can usually be confirmed with contrast or radioisotopic myelography. Successful closure of the fistula will usually occur spontaneously with closed tube drainage and antibiotics; occasionally, thoracotomy is necessary to close the rent in the dura.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1107
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trauma
Volume25
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985

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Fistula
Thoracotomy
Myelography
Pleural Effusion
Drainage
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Wounds and Injuries
Compassion Fatigue

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistula. / Brown, W. H.; Stothert, J. C.

In: Journal of Trauma, Vol. 25, No. 11, 01.12.1985, p. 1105-1107.

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Brown, WH & Stothert, JC 1985, 'Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistula', Journal of Trauma, vol. 25, no. 11, pp. 1105-1107.
Brown, W. H. ; Stothert, J. C. / Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistula. In: Journal of Trauma. 1985 ; Vol. 25, No. 11. pp. 1105-1107.
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