To study the association of CSF leak in fronotbasal skull fractures classified with the Burstein’s classification


  • Raunaq S. Chhabra Department of General Surgery, KIMSDU, P. B. Road, Karad, Maharashtra, India
  • Vinayak V. Raje Department of Neurosurgery, KIMSDU, P. B. Road, Karad, Maharashtra, India
  • Pandurang S. Barve Department of Neurosurgery, KIMSDU, P. B. Road, Karad, Maharashtra, India
  • Sunil R. Yadav Department of Neurosurgery, KIMSDU, P. B. Road, Karad, Maharashtra, India



Burstein’s classification, CSF leak, Frontobasal fractures


Background: To study the association of CSF leak in Fronotbasal skull Fractures classified with the Burstein’s Classification.

Methods: A prospective study was conducted from November 2014 to May 2016 in patients admitted with head injuries to KIMSDU, Karad, Maharashtra. All data was retrieved using a standardized data collection form.

Results: Out of the total 55 patients of frontobasal fracture, 39 (70.9%) were found to have CSF leak. Out of 39 patients with CSF leak 34 (61.8%) had Type I head injury, 3 (5.5%) had Type II head injury, and 2 (3.6%) had Type III head injury. Statistical analysis showed significant association between CSF leak and Burstein’s classes of head injury patients (p< 0.05).

Conclusions: It was found that patients who had Burstein Type I injuries had a higher chance of CSF leak and most post traumatic leaks could be managed conservatively.


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