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Clinical Notes
January 1972

Compression of the Brain and Spinal Cord Following Use of Gelfoam

Author Affiliations

From the departments of orthopedic surgery (Drs. Herndon and Riseborough), general surgery (Dr. Grillo), and neurosurgery (Dr. Rich), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Drs. Herndon and Rich were teaching fellows. Dr. Herndon is currently in the Army, stationed at Valley Forge General Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(1):107. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180010101027

Symptomatic compression of the central nervous system secondary to the use of Gelfoam (absorable gelatin sponge) in a closed space occurred in two cases. Absorbable gelatin sponge may be used to control bleeding; but it should be removed from closed spaces where vital tissues may be compressed against rigid walls by fluid accumulation.