• Ari Anwer Salih Neurosurgery Trainee, Shar Teaching Hospital, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
  • Ari Sami Hussain Nadhim Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.




Chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH), Burr-hole drainage, Irrigation, Outcome



Chronic subdural hematoma is a common neurosurgical condition. Its prevalence is increasing worldwide due to the increasingly aged population. Craniotomy, twist-drill craniostomy, and burr-hole drainage and drain with or without irrigation are among the very first lines of its management.


We used burr-hole drainage with drain versus burr-hole drainage with drain and irrigation to find out which method is better regarding the outcome of chronic subdural hematoma treatment.

Patients and Methods

a case-control study design was used to inspect retrospectively both techniques in 47 patients. Twenty-one patients were treated with burr-hole drainage with drain only, and 26 were treated with burr-hole drainage with drain and irrigation.


We found no statistically different association between the two types of operations and their outcomes (P value= 0.083 and Pearson’s R Correlation= 0.029).


As long as there is no differences between the two techniques, irrigation is not necessary after burr-hole drainage of chronic subdural hematoma. It requires more time, more exposure of the patient to anesthetic agents, and increases the risk of both infection and pneumocephalus.


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How to Cite

Salih A, Nadhim A. BURR-HOLE DRAINAGE WITH DRAIN VERSUS BURR-HOLE DRAINAGE WITH DRAIN AND IRRIGATION IN TREATING CHRONIC SUBDURAL HEMATOMA: A CASE-CONTROL STUDY. JSMC [Internet]. 2020 Sep. 21 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];10(2):181-6. Available from: https://jsmc.univsul.edu.iq/index.php/jsmc/article/view/jsmc-10255

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