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Doctor insights on: Cerebral Spinal Fluid Leak

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What causes spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks?

What causes spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks?

See a neurologist: Possibly trauma, tumors or masses but it would be wise to seek out a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

Csf (Definition)

Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear colorless fluid produced in the choroid plexus in the brain, and acts as a cushion or a buffer for the ...Read more


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How much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during lumbar puncture ?

How much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during lumbar puncture ?

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 teaspoons and in rare conditions such as hydrocephalus, 20-30 cc may be removed. ...Read more

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Is cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea curable?

Is cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea curable?

Yes: CSF otorrhea is caused by a defect in the bone surrounding the ear and the temporal bone. It can be cured but will require surgery to seal the leak. It is very important to have this taken care of. The risk of a untreated CSF leak is meningitis. ...Read more

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Is cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea curable?

Is cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea curable?

Yes: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea is a curable condition. The source of the fluid leak must first be identified, usually by mri, ct or a special nuclear scan. The treatment of this is usually by surgical repair of the leak. Many times this surgery can be performed through the nose, if possible. Untreated CSF leaks can lead to meningitis. ...Read more

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Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Can ears drain spinal fluid?

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 for glucose. ...Read more

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How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

It does not!: Meconium passage in utero is common and generally without consequence provided there is no fetal distress. Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare but almost always lethal maternal complication of late pregnancy. The two conditions are unrelated. ...Read more

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How can cerebrospinal fluid leaks affect the nervous system?

May cause headaches: Most spinal fluid issues of this sort follow lumbar punctures and can be fixed via a blood patch. Far less commonly, postural orthostatic headaches can be due to spontaneous damage within the neuraxis which can cause headaches and/or dizziness. ...Read more

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What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?

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 lumbar vertebra but the membranes containing cerebrospinal fluid extend below that. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lumbar-puncture/my00982. ...Read more

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Could a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

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 glucose using a reagent test strip. Spinal fluid leaks after a lumbar puncture are troublesome. ...Read more

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About how much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during a diagnostic lumbar puncture ?

About how much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during a diagnostic lumbar puncture ?

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 continuously and whatever fluid is taken out is rapidly replaced. ...Read more

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What causes amniotic fluid embolism?

What causes amniotic fluid embolism?

Vein: It is when amniotic fluid enters the bloodstream through the venous system. It can be very dangerous, potentially causing a embolus in the lung. ...Read more

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Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

See a spine surgeon,: Who depending on your symptoms and response to the medication, will have you go through a course of epidural shots (steroids) or might advise to enlarge the narrowed (stenosis) canal, to take pressure off the cord or the nerves. Good luck. ...Read more

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What exactly is spinal bursa fluid collection?

What exactly is spinal bursa fluid collection?

Bursa's: are tiny fluid filled "sacks" which lie between a tendon and it's insertion to reduce friction of the tendon as it does its job....in the spine these lie at the insertion(s) of the PARASPINAL muscles on either side of the bony spine! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis affect the brain?

Could spinal stenosis affect the brain?

Not typically: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or pinching if the nerve canal, it can usually affect things spine related, but not really brain related. ...Read more

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Where does spinal stenosis occur?

Where does spinal stenosis occur?

All areas of spine: Spinal stenosis refers to a condition in which the bony canal protecting the spinal nerves becomes too small and starts pinching the nerves. It most commonly occurs in the neck and back causing either neck/back pain or arm/leg pain. ...Read more

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How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

Specific vs general: Spinal stenosis is not specific to region (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar). Spinal stenosis of lumbar spine is lumbar spinal stenosis. Central stenosis means the dural sac is compressed. This is as opposed to foraminal or lateral stenosis which usually affects the nerve roots. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could epidural hematoma lead to cerebral hypoxia?

Could epidural hematoma lead to cerebral hypoxia?

Yes: Imagine a pressure on one side of the brain from the skull, pushing that side of the brain compressing all the tissues including the blood vessels causing brain hypoxia on one side. It then pushes the whole brain and shifts to the brain against the unyielding skull to the other side, compressing the tissues there also (counter coup effect). That is epidural hematoma without surgical treatment. ...Read more

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On cervical mri what does minimal CSF present within thecal sac mean? Narrowing anterior & posterior CSF spaces.

Space is tight: Sounds like this is concerning to you. It means that space is tight around the spinal cord. This usually isn't an emergency. You should discuss this finding with the doctor who ordered the test, who can put those findings into the context of your history and exam and can discuss next steps with you. Good luck! ...Read more

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