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[Lumbar anaesthesia for severe neurological complications]

JOÓ Béla1, TAKÁCS Piroska1

OCTOBER 01, 1969

Clinical Neuroscience - 1969;22(10)

[While in our first case the flaccid paresis and neuralgia pains of the left lower limb are most probably the result of a direct nervous system injury, in our second case we can exclude a direct nervous system injury. The acute headache, dizziness, nausea and tinnitus after the operation were probably the result of meningeal excitement. The symptoms suggest an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cerebellar spinal cord (meningitis serosa, circumscripta). The paralysis may be caused by meningeal irritation accompanied by arachnitis with secondary sweating. Consequent symptoms may be due to cerebral dysregulation caused by aseptic meningitis. According to the literature, abducens paralysis occurs between 2 and 12 days after anaesthesia. In most cases, paralysis resolves within days or a few weeks. It is possible and, as our case demonstrates, permanent paralysis. In such cases, an allergic mechanism may play a role in triggering the more severe meningitis.]


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