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A 34-year-old female asked:

If a dura patch leaks post op posterrior fossa decompression, is surgical repair necessary?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Dura patch: Depends if the leak is through the wound in which case a surgical repair might be necessary. If the leak and collection are under the skin and not leaking then it can be followed.
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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Sometimes: Definitely needs to be watched carefully. Sometimes resolves with a spinal drain alone, but sustained leakage through the wound requires re operation.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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