Patient characteristics predict cerebrospinal fluid leakage after cervical discectomy and fusion

Takeaway

  • Older age, obesity, hypertension, and non-white race are associated with increased risk of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).

Why this matters

  • The predictors of postoperative CSF leakage following ACDF have not previously been described.