Whether undergoing brain surgery, lumbar surgery or neck surgery; the most common complication encountered by a patient who is operated on by a neurosurgeon is cerebrospinal fluid leak, with other medical names of “CSF leak” or “cerebrospinal fluid fistula”, “CSF fistula”. This means that a clear-colored fluid begins to flow through the sutures of the patient and this flow continues to increase. The running water is actually the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
The patient’s surgeon obviously knows what the danger is and what must to be done in this case. He gives the patient stronger antibiotics, re-stitches the wound, places a thin tube or catheter in the patient’s back to drain the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); but surely does the right thing.