3 YEARS LONG -TERM POSTTRAUMATIC CEREBROSPINAL FLUID FISTULA COMPLICATED WITH RECURRENT MENINGITIS

Dana Mihaela Turliuc, A.I.Cucu, Claudia Florida Costea

ABSTRACT:

Most posttraumatic cerebrospinal fluid fistulas are accompanied by rhinorrhea and the physician can easily diagnose a fistula (leakage) in case of a traumatic event. Nevertheless, cases of fistulas occurring many years after the head injury have been reported in literature. We report the rare case of a 19-year-old female patient with a penetrating head injury and 3 years long-term posttraumatic cerebrospinal fluid fistula complicated with recurrent meningitis.

Key words: posttraumatic CSF fistula, recurrent meningitis, posttraumatic rinorrhea

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