Surgical management of chronic traumatic pseudomeningocele of the craniocervical junction: case report

Chronic traumatic pseudomeningocele (PM) is a rare complication of gunshot injuries of the craniocervical junction in pediatric patients. Impairment of the CSF dynamics may cause severe symptoms and should be treated. We report the case of a 6-year-old girl who was accidentally shot in the neck during tribal clashes. On being admitted, she was neurologically intact with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage through the wounds. She underwent primary closure of the wounds in a rural medical facility. After two episodes of meningitis, CSF leakage resolved spontaneously. Nine months later, the patient was presented with a disfiguring mass growing in the posterior neck, severe headaches, and constitutional symptoms such as loss of appetite and a failure to thrive.

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