CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care 2018; 05(01): 30-32
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1616038
Case Report
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Pneumocephalus following Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Rare Cause of Delayed Emergence from Anesthesia

Ritesh Lamsal
1  Department of Neuroanesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
,
Rajeeb K. Mishra
1  Department of Neuroanesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
,
Niraj Kumar
1  Department of Neuroanesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
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Publication Date:
09 February 2018 (online)

Abstract

Pneumocephalus is an unusual presentation after lumbar spine surgery. We report the case of a young healthy patient, who had delayed emergence from anesthesia after undergoing an uncomplicated lumbar spine surgery. After shifting to the Intensive Care Unit, the patient had an episode of generalized tonic—clonic seizure. Computed tomography scan revealed the presence of pneumocephalus. The patient was managed conservatively, extubated the following day and discharged with no neurological deficits.