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JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGICAL SCIENCES
Rivista di Neurochirurgia
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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2004 March;48(1):43-7
Spinal epidural hematoma following coronary thrombolysis
Cultrera F., Passanisi M., Giliberto O., Giuffrida M., Mancuso P., Ventura F.
Division of Neurosurgery Cannizzaro Hospital, Catania, Italy
A case of cervicothoracic spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) following coronary thrombolysis with r-TPA and intravenous heparin is reported. The clinical picture is discussed, as well as the importance of rapid neuroradiological diagnosis (with spinal MRI being the method of choice) and surgical treatment. Anyway, in these patients, thorough cardiac function evaluation and rapid correction of any clotting disorder is necessary prior to surgery. With the increasing use of fibrinolytic therapy this complication would be more frequent. This underlines the importance of prompt recognition and adequate treatment.