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Can J Neurol Sci. 2007 Feb;34(1):84-7.

A safe and effective method for treatment of chronic subdural haematoma.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Burr-hole irrigation and burr-hole drainage without irrigation are the most popular methods for treatment of chronic subdural haematoma. It is not well known if irrigation is necessary or which method has a higher recurrence rate. We compared the recurrence rates of those two methods.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Forty-two patients were treated by burr-hole irrigation (irrigation group), whereas 38 patients were treated by burr-hole drainage (drainage group). Recurrence rate and its relation with sex, age, haematoma localization and aetiology were investigated in both groups.

RESULTS:

There was no significant difference between recurrence rates of the two groups. There was also no correlation between recurrence rate and age, sex, haematoma localization, or aetiology.

CONCLUSIONS:

There was no significant difference between recurrence rates of the two groups. Since the burr-hole drainage method is simpler to carry out, its use may be preferable.

PMID:
17352353
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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