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Poster presented at NASBS (North American Skull Base Society) February 20-22, 2015 in Tampa Florida.


Closure of dural defects in trans-nasal, extended, endoscopic techniques remains a challenge, and published cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak rates are higher than rates for trans-cranial approaches. Development of a technique that used a vascularized, nasoseptal flap (NSF) significantly reduced the rate of CSF leak, and several groups have developed ways to buttress the NSF. A closure technique developed at our institution uses a bilayer “button” of fascia lata. The initial series of twenty patients repaired with this method from 2007 to July 1, 2009 were presented, with a CSF leak rate of 10% (Luginbuhl et al 2010).

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