The relationship of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging findings and closed system drainage in the recurrence of chronic subdural hematoma

Journal of Neurosurgery
K TsutsumiT Kirino

Abstract

Although chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) is a well-known entity, its recurrence rate has remained uncertain. There is little knowledge concerning whether the results of radiological imaging can be used to predict CSDH recurrence or whether surgical methods can influence this rate. The first aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between the recurrence rate of CSDHs and their appearance on preoperative magnetic resonance (MR) or computerized tomography images. The second aim is to evaluate by means of a prospective randomized method the usefulness of closed-system drainage. From January 1988 through June 1996, the authors surgically treated 257 consecutive adult patients with CSDHs. Data obtained in 199 patients who were evaluated preoperatively by MR imaging were analyzed. Thirty-one of these patients underwent bilateral operations and thus 230 operative sites of CSDH were included in the analyses. The cases of CSDH were separated into high- and nonhigh-intensity groups on the basis of the appearance on T1-weighted MR images. From July 1992 to June 1996, the authors conducted a prospective randomized study on the recurrence rate of CSDH in patients undergoing burr-hole irrigation with or without closed system draina...Continue Reading

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