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Skull Base. 2002 August; 12(3): 167–173.
PMCID: PMC1656947

Postmastoidectomy Pneumocephalus

Case Report

Abstract

Chronic otitis media, unlike trauma, seldom leads to the development of tension pneumocephalus. Rarely, it occurs as a complication of mastoid surgery. A Melanesian woman sought treatment for loss of speech, hemiparesis, and headache 4 weeks after undergoing canal-down mastoidectomy for cholesteatoma. The tension pneumocephalus was decompressed urgently by aspirating air via a cannula through the burr hole, and the mastoid cavity was obliterated. She recovered completely. Twelve additional patients with postmastoidectomy pneumocephalus reported in the literature are reviewed.

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