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Spinal fluid leaking from ear

A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
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Leaking spinal fluid: Leaking spinal fluid is always a serious matter, regardless if it is coming from the ear or elsewhere. The fluid is thin a straw-colored and usually c ... Read More

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Difficult question: Not exactly sure of the history, but it seems that you are saying that you hear a thump in the ear when you bend or push. There was a 2 month history ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: A base-of-the-skull fracture can infamously cause a runny ear. That it is spinal fluid can be confirmed by any clever physician who thinks to test it ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
38 years experience Family Medicine
Why CSF Leak?: Why do you think you might have a CSF leak? Have you hit your head? If you have a reason to think that you have a CSF leak, the first thing to deter ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Need for examination: Fluid leaking from the ear is a serious issue and you should see your doctor asap and if that is not feasible, go to an emergency room for an evaluati ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ramin Ipakchi
22 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: If the source of your leak is the temporal bone, then you might have fullness in the ear and likely a salty taste. But please see an ent. You will not ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Middle ear: The symptom you describe sounds like an issue with fluid in your middle ear, and is unlikely to be related to your prior lumbar puncture. You may want ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Where is the leak?: Spinal fluid leak can cause severe headaches and infection can reach the brain through the site of leakage, what makes you think that you have spinal ... Read More
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A 39-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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 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

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