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BMB. 2016; 1(1): 18-22

Root compression due to swollen oxidized regenerated cellulose after cervical disc surgery

Azmi Tufan, Feyza Karagoz Guzey, Abdurrahim Tas, Cihan Isler, Murat Yucel, Ozgur Aktas, Mustafa Vatansever, Yucel Hitay.


Oxidized regenerated cellulose is a hemostatic material that is frequently used in neurosurgery. While it is often left in place to avoid postoperative hematoma, in rare cases it may cause neural tissue compression.
A case with severe radicular pain due to swollen oxidized regenerated cellulose after anterior cervical disc surgery was reported.
A 37-year-old female was operated for a C5-6 disc herniation. After anterior microdiscectomy, severe radicular pain developed due to a retained piece of swollen oxidized regenerated cellulose. Complaints resolved completely after removal of the material causing the compression.
Neurological deficits may develop with even a small amount of oxidized regenerated cellulose left behind on the surface of the dura after spinal surgery. We need to keep in mind that this is foreign material that should be used in small quantities. If possible, it must be removed after hemostasis has been achieved.

Key words: Cellulose oxidized, nevre root compression, postoperative complication

Article Language: Turkish English

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