2017 , Vol 27 , Num 2
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Acute Subdural Hematoma Immediately After Extended Transsphenoidal Surgery for Craniopharyngioma
1Toranomon Hospital, Department of Hypothalamic and Pituitary Surgery, Tokyo, Japan
We report the first case of postoperative acute subdural hemorrhage following extended transsphenoidal surgery (TSS). The patient
was a 74-year-old woman with a cystic suprasellar craniopharyngioma with panhypopituitarism. Extended TSS resulted in complete
tumor removal. However her consciousness did not recover well. Emergent computed tomography demonstrated a right acute
supratentorial subdural hematoma with impending cerebral herniation. Emergent craniotomy revealed hemorrhage from the vein of
Labbé. It may have been caused by acute intracranial hypotension secondary to rapid and massive drainage of cerebrospinal fluid.
Surgeons should be aware of the possibility of intracranial hemorrhage as a rare but critical complication of extended TSS.
Craniopharyngioma, Extended transsphenoidal surgery, Acute subdural hematoma, Complication