Acta Medica Iranica 2013. 51(7):467-471.

Analysing the effect of early acetazolamide administration on patients with a high risk of permanent cerebrospinal fluid leakage.
Saeid Abrishamkar, Nima Khalighinejad, Payam Moein


In this study, we examined the role of early acetazolamide administration in reducing the risk of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage in patients with a high risk of permanent CSF leakage. In a randomised clinical trial, 57 patients with a high risk of permanent CSF leakage (rhinorrhea, otorrhea, pneumatocele or imaging-based evidence of severe skull-base fracture) were analysed. In the experimental group, acetazolamide, at 25 mg/kg/day, was started in the first 48 hours after admission. In the control group, acetazolamide was administered after the first 48 hours at the same dose administered to the patients in the experimental group. The following factors were compared between the two groups: duration of CSF leakage, duration of hospital stay, incidence of meningitis, need for surgical intervention and need for lumbar puncture (LP) and lumbar drainage (LD). All of the patients in the experimental group stopped having CSF leakage less than 14 days after the first day of admission, but 6 out of 21 patients (22%) in the control group continued having CSF leakage after 14 days of admission, which was a significant difference (P=0.01). This study showed that early acetazolamide administration can prevent CSF leakage in patients with a high risk of permanent CSF leak.


Acetazolamide; Cerebrospinal fluid; CSF leakage; Skull-base fracture

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