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Catalano PJ , Post K , Sen C , Costantino P , Friedman C
Prevention of cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea in neurotologic surgery
American Journal of Otology. 2000 Mar;21(2) :265-269
PMID: ISI:000085730000022   
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Objective: To determine the efficacy and safety of quick- setting hydroxyapatite cement in eliminating cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea following neurotologic surgery. Study Design: A prospective study of 40 consecutive patients undergoing neurotologic surgery in whom the dura was opened. Setting: All patients were treated as hospital inpatients at a tertiary referral center. Patients: 25 men and 15 women between the ages of 20 and 72 years (mean age 51 years) underwent neurotologic surgery at the parent institution. Intervention: Various neurotologic procedures were per formed for the resection of 25 acoustic tumors, 5 meningiomas, 3 glomus tumors, 2 vestibular nerve sections, 2 chordomas, 1 epidermoid tumor, and 1 meningoencephelocele, and for 2 patients referred to our institution with known CSF leaks following acoustic tumor surgery. A new form of quick-setting hydroxyapatite cement, which that hardens within 3 to 5 minutes was used to seal the air cell tracts of the temporal bone in all cases. Main Outcome Measure: The presence of CSF rhinorrhea postoperatively. Results: CSF rhinorrhea occurred in 2 patients following acoustic tumor surgery, the first through an occult air cell tract at the margin of the drilled internal auditory canal, and the second via an oval window fistula 1 month after a translabyrinthine approach. Conclusions: This form of hydroxyapatite cement appears safe, reliable, effective, and economical for the prevention of CSF rhinorrhea following neurotologic surgery. CSF rhinorrhea cannot be eliminated unless our ability to identify all potential air cell tract communications improves.
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