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Head & Neck Oncology

Open Access

How we do it: endoscopic trans-nasal repair of CSF rhinorrhoea

  • Ifran Syed1,
  • Tahwinder Upile2 and
  • Simon Hickey1
Head & Neck Oncology20091(Suppl 1):P31

Published: 28 July 2009

Endoscopic repair of CSF rhinorrhoea was first described in the early 1980s. Since then the endoscopic approach has overtaken the intracranial route as the procedure of choice due to superior visualisation of the operative field, reduced operating time & lower complication rates. Various autogenous, allogenic and synthetic patching materials have been used to augment repair. We describe a step wise technique of patching the skull base defect using a combination of septal mucoperichondrial flap and tensor fascia lata graft.

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Head & Neck Surgery, Torbay General Hospital
UCL Ear Institute & Department of Surgery, University College London


© Syed et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.