Neurologic Complications and Treatment

Kevin C. Welch*

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Risk is inherent with all surgical procedures. Most endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) is uncomplicated. Among the many complications inherent with ESS are the neurologic complications, which include cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, traumatic soft tissue and vascular injuries, infection, and seizures. Despite intense review of a patient's preoperative scans, use of stereotactic image guidance, and an expert understanding of anatomy, neurologic complications occur. An understanding of these complications and how to manage them can help to reduce long-term patient injury as well as help prevent recurrence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)769-782
Number of pages14
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
  • Complications
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS)
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumocephalus
  • Seizure
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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