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spinal fluid leak after brain surgery

A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Get checked : Cannot say source without exam and possibly testing--could be harmless or depending on timing and type of surgery, CSF. Let your Dr guide you.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Priscilla Morris
Specializes in Pain Management
CSF loss: Loss of cerebral spinal fluid may be one explanation. What does your neurosurgeon say?
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edison McDaniels
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Vague ?? but no: What kind of surgery are you referring to? With many neurosurgical procedures, CSF leak is a risk, especially if the CSF space itself was entered as a ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not necessarily: Did you have spinal anesthesia? Did a surgeon operate on you brain or spinal cord? What did you have surgery for? Infrequently a spinal fluid leak can ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
3-5 cc: Usually routine analysis necessitates between 3 to 5 cc. This is about half a teaspoon to one teaspoon. Some conditions necessitate removing 2 teaspoo ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Very unlikely: That would be very unlikely. Other possibilities should be considered based on your current complaints.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janice Wiesman
31 years experience Neurology
Small amount: Typically 1 to 2 tablespoons. If fluid needs to be sent for cytology - looking for abnormal cells, then more fluid is needed. You produce the fluid ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
30 years experience Neurosurgery
No relationship: Compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel has no relationship to the chiari malformation. Patients with chiari i malformation may have syri ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Gujer
25 years experience Anesthesiology
Not necessarily : Discuss with your surgeon. Even if spontaneous recovery is not possible referral to a urologist might help shed some light on further options. Good lu ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Fisher
33 years experience Neurology
See a neurologist: This is more than just a nicked dura. This is nerve root damage. You need a careful neurologic exam and possible reimaging & electrodiagnostic tes ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Dura patch: Depends if the leak is through the wound in which case a surgical repair might be necessary. If the leak and collection are under the skin and not lea ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Leaks from the nose or ear are fairly common after head trauma or surgical mishaps. They are often missed until a clever physician tests the fluid for ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
It could be a sign : Of an infection, a leakage of spinal fluid directly or from a psuedomenigelcele or an old seroma that leaked through or even an old hematoma that liqu ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
36 years experience Pain Management
Dural puncture: Dural puncture cannot cause any brain damage unless there is very high CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) pressure inside the skull (increased icp - intracrani ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
Once leak is gone: It only takes a few hours.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
HARD TO PREDICT: If your syrinx is creating a compressive effect within spinal cord, risk of future deterioration is very real indeed, and would try to get this under ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Likely Not: A lumbar microdiscectomy removes a portion of the herniated disc, a spinal tap removes fluid from csf. Unless your surgery was done recently, having a ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
See your doctor: You need to follow with the anesthesiologist who gave you the epidural.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not the spinal cord: Lumbar puncture is done below the spinal cord itself, usually between 3rd and 4th or 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spinal cord ends at about first lum ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
LP complications: When spinal tap is done, if difficult, you might have local external bruising, swelling, and tenderness. Rarely, a local infection could occur. Typi ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Colitz
45 years experience Dentistry
See a neurologist: Possibly trauma, tumors or masses but it would be wise to seek out a neurologist or neurosurgeon.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dann Byck
Dr. Dann Byck answered
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Trust you spine doc: I would listen to your spine surgeon. If you have questions beyond his/her answers, then a second opinion is in order. This is a complicated problem ... Read More
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