Symptomatic venous sinus thrombosis following bone wax application to emissary veins

Br J Neurosurg. 2008 Dec;22(6):798-800. doi: 10.1080/02688690802256399.


A retrosigmoid craniectomy was performed for acoustic neuroma during which bone wax was used to control emissary vein bleeding. Postoperatively the patient developed an extensive venous thrombosis due to wax in the sigmoid sinus from which she recovered. We discuss this rare complication of posterior fossa surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Craniotomy / methods*
  • Drug Combinations
  • Female
  • Hemostasis, Surgical / methods
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Hemorrhages / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuroma, Acoustic / surgery*
  • Palmitates / adverse effects*
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / diagnosis*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Waxes / adverse effects*


  • Drug Combinations
  • Palmitates
  • Waxes
  • bone wax