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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 475--477

Chronic subdural hematoma: Results of a homogeneous series of 159 patients operated on by residents

Neurosurgical Clinic, University of Florence, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Di Nicola
Neurosurgical Clinic, Ospedale CTO, Largo P. Palagi 1, 50139 Florence
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PMID: 15626837

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AIMS: A series of cases with chronic subdural hematoma operated upon by residents in neurosurgery is analysed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 159 patients treated between 1998 and 2001 were included in the study. Mean age was 76.4 years and male/female ratio was 1.7/1. The patients were classified both on admission and at discharge according to the Markwalder scale. The standard operative procedure consisted of an enlarged single burr-hole, rinsing the subdural space with iso-osmotic saline solution and insertion of a subdural drain. CONCLUSION: In CSDH, operation by the residents is safe and the results are comparable to those of the major series of the literature as the surgical procedure is standardized.


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