The management of intradural bleeding during extended endoscopic endonasal surgery is challenging. This technical note describes the use of a biological haemostatic agent which could be useful when other established strategies and materials are not effective. From January 2004 to January 2008, 65 consecutive patients underwent extended endoscopic endonasal interventions. Of these, 29 procedures required the application of a thrombin-gelatin haemostatic matrix. We reviewed the patients' operative records to determine the source, type of bleeding and haemostatic strategy. We analysed bleedings from the venous sinuses, arteries, tumour bed and internal carotid artery and observed complete haemostasis immediately after application of FloSealA (R). The matrix was useful for both oozing and focal haemorrhage and effective even for high-flow bleeding. Only bleeding from an internal carotid artery tear required a second application. The thrombin-gelatin matrix could represent a valuable tool when other haemostatic strategies are ineffective or suboptimal. It is safe and biocompatible when compared with haemostatic agents currently in use.

Use of a thrombin-gelatin haemostatic matrix in endoscopic endonasal extended approaches: technical note

CAPPABIANCA, PAOLO;ESPOSITO, FELICE;ESPOSITO, ISABELLA;CAVALLO, LUIGI MARIA;
2009

Abstract

The management of intradural bleeding during extended endoscopic endonasal surgery is challenging. This technical note describes the use of a biological haemostatic agent which could be useful when other established strategies and materials are not effective. From January 2004 to January 2008, 65 consecutive patients underwent extended endoscopic endonasal interventions. Of these, 29 procedures required the application of a thrombin-gelatin haemostatic matrix. We reviewed the patients' operative records to determine the source, type of bleeding and haemostatic strategy. We analysed bleedings from the venous sinuses, arteries, tumour bed and internal carotid artery and observed complete haemostasis immediately after application of FloSealA (R). The matrix was useful for both oozing and focal haemorrhage and effective even for high-flow bleeding. Only bleeding from an internal carotid artery tear required a second application. The thrombin-gelatin matrix could represent a valuable tool when other haemostatic strategies are ineffective or suboptimal. It is safe and biocompatible when compared with haemostatic agents currently in use.
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