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Vrettou, C S; Stavrinou, L C; Halikias, S; Kyriakopoulou, M; Kollias, S; Stranjalis, G; Koutsoukou, A (2010). Factor XIII deficiency as a potential cause of supratentorial haemorrhage after posterior fossa surgery. Acta Neurochirurgica, 152(3):529-532.

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BACKGROUND: Postoperative intracranial haemorrhage can be a dramatic event, carrying significant morbidity and mortality. Bleeding at sites remote from the operation area represents a small percentage of haemorrhages whose aetiology remains unclear (Harders et al. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 74(1-2):57-60, 1985).

AIM: We present the case of a 60-year-old patient who underwent posterior fossa craniotomy for the removal of a space-occupying lesion and suffered supratentorial haemorrhage soon after the operation.

RESULTS: A thorough postoperative investigation revealed low levels of factor XIII (FXIII), the factor mainly responsible for fibrin clot stabilisation.

CONCLUSION: We suggest that reduced FXIII activity may be an important but preventable predisposing factor to remote postoperative haemorrhage in neurosurgical patients.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neuroradiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:27 Feb 2011 14:40
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:50
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00701-009-0432-0
PubMed ID:19557304

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