Epidural hematoma of the cervical spine after cervical laminectomy in a patient with ventriculo-peritoneal shunt

Sai Cheung Lee, Shih Tseng Lee, Tai Ngar Lui

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Cervical laminectomy is one of the most common procedures performed in the sitting position. However in the presence of intracranial hypotension, a negative intradural pressure develops when the patients are in the sitting position. They are therefore at risk of developing cervical spinal epidural hematomas after cervical laminectomy. We report a case of a shunted patient who developed an epidural hematoma 3 days after a cervical laminectomy procedure in a seated position when he began to ambulate. When performing a cervical laminectomy procedure on a shunted patient, an upright position should be avoided during the operation. Intra-operative hypercapnia as well as intra- and post-operative intravenous hydration should be maintained in order to increase intradural pressure, preventing the formation of cervical spinal epidural hematoma after cervical laminectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-304
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Complications
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Intracranial hypotension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neurology

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