Journal article

Tension Pneumocephalus from Positive Pressure Ventilation Following Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery: Case Series and an Institutional Protocol for the Management of Postoperative Respiratory Distress.

Mendel Castle-Kirszbaum, Yi Yuen Wang, James King, Brent Uren, Martin Kim, R Andrew Danks, Tony Goldschlager

World Neurosurg | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Tension pneumocephalus (TP) is a rare but feared complication of endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. In contrast to simple pneumocephalus, which is common after endoscopic transnasal approaches and managed conservatively, TP represents a neurosurgical emergency and mandates urgent decompression. CASE DESCRIPTION: Here we present 2 cases of TP as a consequence of positive pressure ventilation following endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. Both occurred during resuscitation for postoperative hypoxia. These cases prompted the development of an institution-wide protocol to identify and manage patients at risk of TP after extended skull base approaches. CONCLUSIONS: To our kn..

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