Turkish Neurosurgery 2016 , Vol 26 , Num 5
The Results of the Surgical Treatment of Spontaneous Rhinorrhea via Craniotomy and the Contribution of CT Cisternography to the Detection of Exact Leakage Side of CSF
Abdulfettah TUMTURK1, Halil ULUTABANCA1, Abdulkerim GOKOGLU2, Sukru ORAL3, Ahmet MENKU1, Ali KURTSOY1
1Erciyes University, Medical Faculty, Department of Neurosurgery, Kayseri, Turkey
2Kastamonu State Hospital, Neurosurgery Clinic, Kastamonu, Turkey
3Ministry of Health, Training and Research Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Kayseri, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.13424-14.1 AIM: To share the results of conventional surgery in rhinorrhea and the contribution of computerized tomography (CT) cisternography to determination of the site of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak.

MATERIAL and METHODS: Twelve cases treated for spontaneous rhinorrhea were included in this study. All the cases underwent cranial CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). CT cisternography was performed in four patients whose bone defect or leakage site could not be detected by CT and MRI. In order to repair the defect, either the galea or galea together with collagen matrix was used and the procedure was supported with fibrin glue.

RESULTS: In the cases, postoperative rhinorrhea was seen in neither the early nor the late follow up period. We observed no complications related to CT cisternography or craniotomy. The leakage area was successfully detected with CT cisternography when the other methods failed.

CONCLUSION: Bone defect can usually be shown by means of CT. However, when bone-defect cannot be shown or the dura in the defective area is intact, CT cisternography is useful to show the CSF leak. Conventional surgery was very succesful in the treatment of spontaneous rhinorrhea but it was cosmetically problematic. In the patients both treated with galea and galea together with collagen matrix, the repair of the defect was successful. Keywords : Spontaneous CSF fistula, Rhinorrhea, CT cisternography

Corresponding author : Abdulfettah Tumturk, fettahtumturk@yahoo.com