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Neurology India
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Neurological Society of India
ISSN: 0028-3886
EISSN: 0028-3886
Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 367-368
Bioline Code: ni02103
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Neurology India, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 367-368

 en Post Lumbar Puncture Spinal Subarachnoid Hematoma Causing Paraplegia : A Short Report
S. Balaji Pai, K.N. Krishna, S. Chandrashekar


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.

Intraspinal, Subarachnoid, Hematoma, Lumbar puncture, Complication

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