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Case Report

Fatal Posttraumatic Tension Pneumocephalus: A Case Report

Murat Yilmaz1*, Hakan Yilmaz2, Safak Ozyoruk2, Furkan Yuzbaşi2 and Mehmet N Arda2

1Department of Neurosurgery, Dokuz Eylul University Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey

2Department of Neurosurgery, Duzce Devlet Hospital, Duzce, Turkey

*Corresponding Author:
Murat Yilmaz
Department of Neurosurgery
Dokuz Eylul University Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey
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Received date: January 31, 2015; Accepted date: June 18, 2015; Published date: June 25, 2015

Citation: Yilmaz M, Yilmaz H, Ozyoruk S, Yuzbasi F, Arda MN (2015) Fatal Posttraumatic Tension Pneumocephalus: A Case Report. Occup Med Health Aff 3:205. doi: 10.4172/2329-6879.1000205

Copyright: © 2015 Yilmaz M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: Tension pneumocephalus occurs when a continuous flow of air accumulates in the intracranial cavity and produces a mass effect on the brain. Presentation of case We describe a fatal case in a 16-year-old boy who developed extensive tension pneumocephalus following basal skull fracture after acute head trauma that required surgery.

Discussion: Although the aetiology of tension pneumocephalus is obscure, a good result could be achieved with an early diagnosis and prompt treatment using burr hole trephination and saline infusion.