Current literature reports a 3.1% incidence of durotomy with spine surgery, and this number increases to 15.9% with revision spine surgery. With the use of a blood patch to treat a dural tear, the anesthesia team was able to prevent a second reoperation. This treatment option offers anesthesiologists the opportunity to minimize further patient harm and increased cost associated with dural tears.
From the Department of Anesthesiology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Accepted for publication, November 27, 2013.
Funding: No funding.
This report was previously presented, in part, at the Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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