Traumatic tears of the tela chorioidea: a hitherto unrecognized cause of post-traumatic hydrocephalus

Acta Neurochir Suppl (Wien). 1983;32:79-85.


A new and hitherto unrecognized phenomenon of rupture of the tela chorioidea in closed head injury of acceleration-deceleration type is described. It occurs very frequently, especially in association with blows in the centro-axial plane even if the acceleration forces are relatively mild. These tears are regularly followed by intraventricular bleeding which follows the flow of the CSF into the subarachnoid space producing a leptomeningeal reaction with impairment of absorption of CSF and consequent communicating hydrocephalus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acceleration / adverse effects
  • Choroid Plexus / injuries*
  • Choroid Plexus / pathology
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / etiology*
  • Hydrocephalus / pathology
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / complications
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / etiology