Symptomatic intraspinal air entrapment

Br J Neurosurg. 2000 Apr;14(2):154-6. doi: 10.1080/02688690050004642.


A 59-year-old man who had undergone the removal of a lipoma of the thoracic spine presented with progressive weakness of the lower limbs when lumbar puncture followed drainage of a subcutaneous collection of cerebrospinal fluid. Computed tomography showed entrapped intraspinal air which compressed the spinal cord. This rare, but serious complication can occur in a patient with altered intrathecal pressure following spinal surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air*
  • Humans
  • Laminectomy
  • Lipoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Lipoma / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reoperation
  • Spinal Cord Compression / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Cord Compression / etiology*
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Spinal Puncture / adverse effects*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed