Acinetobacter baumanii Meningitis: A Rare Complication of Incidental Durotomy

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Despite the frequency of dural tears in spinal surgery, meningitis is a rare complication reported to occur with a frequency of 0.18%. To the best of our knowledge, no case of Acinetobacter baumanii meningitis has been reported in the literature after a dural tear secondary to lumbar spine discectomy. This case highlights the importance of repairing all dural tears and commencing antibiotics that cover uncommon bacteria in those who develop symptoms of meningitis in this setting.

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