Traumatic anterior cervical pseudomeningocele causing intracranial hypotension successfully treated with blood patch: Case report

Edwin A. Takahashi, Laurence J. Eckel, Felix E. Diehn, Kara M. Schwartz, Christopher H. Hunt, David Daniels

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Cervical pseudomeningocele is a rare complication of trauma. It develops when an extradural collection of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) develops after a dural breach. The authors present the unusual case of a 33-year-old man with progressive headache, neck pain, mental status changes, and cardiopulmonary instability after polytrauma sustained from a motorcycle-versus-deer collision, without improvement during a 5-day hospitalization. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a collection of CSF anterior to the cervical thecal sac compatible with an anterior cervical pseudomeningocele. A nontargeted epidural blood patch was performed with subsequent resolution of the patient's symptoms. Anterior cervical pseudomeningoceles are usually asymptomatic; however, these lesions can cause orthostatic headaches, neck pain, and cardiopulmonary compromise, as it did in the featured patient. Pseudomeningoceles should be included in the differential diagnosis for posttrauma patients with progressive neurological decline or postural headache, and blood patch may be an effective minimally invasive treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-305
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015



  • Blood patch
  • Cervical
  • MRI
  • Pseudomeningocele
  • Technique
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Medicine(all)

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