To the Editor:—  It was interesting to read the case report by Fleck et al.  1suggesting an appropriate duration of cerebrospinal fluid drainage after thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair. However, toward the end of their discussion, the authors mention that draining 1,700 ml cerebrospinal fluid over 24 h is seven times greater than the normal 250 ml cerebrospinal fluid that is produced in the same period. Although it may be a minor point, cerebrospinal fluid is actually formed at the rate of 500–550 ml/24 h and not 250 ml, as mentioned by the authors. 2–5 

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