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What are dural tears?

By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash

A dural tear occurs when the sac of tissue that covers the spinal cord and spinal nerves tears during spine surgery. If this tear isn’t recognized it may not heal and can leak spinal tissue which can cause a spinal headache and can increase your risk of infection of the spinal fluid which causes meningitis.

How are dural tears treated?

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