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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2011 Jan;60(1):54-6. doi: 10.4097/kjae.2011.60.1.54. Epub 2011 Jan 28.

Cerebellar hemorrhage after spine fixation misdiagnosed as a complication of narcotics use -A case report-.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.


Cerebellar hemorrhage occurs mainly due to hypertension. Postoperative cerebellar hemorrhage is known to be associated frequently with frontotemporal craniotomy, but quite rare with spine operation. A 56-year-old female received spinal fixation due to continuous leg tingling sensation for since two years ago. Twenty-one hours after operation, she was disoriented and unresponsive to voice. Performed computed tomography showed both cerebellar hemorrhage. An emergency decompressive craniotomy was carried out to remove the hematoma. On the basis of this case, we reported this complications and reviewed related literature.


Cerebellar hemorrhage; Cerebrospinal fluid pressure; Spine; Surgery

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