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Cerebrospinal Fluid (Overview)

The fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord provides an exchange pathway and balancing system for brain and spinal cord metabolism, besides a cushioning system for routine impacts of our day to day activities..


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What exactly is cerebrospinal fluid?

What exactly is cerebrospinal fluid?

CSF: 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 brain & spinal cord. ...Read more

Cerebrospinal Fluid (Overview)

The fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord provides an exchange pathway and balancing system for brain and spinal cord metabolism, besides a cushioning system for routine impacts of our day to day activities..


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Why is cerebrospinal fluid circulated throughout the body?

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Why is cerebrospinal fluid circulated throughout the body?

CSF: 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 brain & spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cerebrospinal fluid?

What is the definition or description of: cerebrospinal fluid?

Watery substance: The fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord provides an exchange pathway and balancing system for brain and spinal cord metabolism, besides a cushioning system for routine impacts of our day to day activities.. ...Read more

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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

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Why is it bad to have blood in your cerebrospinal fluid?

Why is it bad to have blood in your cerebrospinal fluid?

Abnormal CSF: Normal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is clear and colorless. Bloody CSF is abnormal. Possible causes include subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage or cerebral infarct. A traumatic spinal tap may also result in bloody CSF. ...Read more

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What are normal results for glycine in cerebrospinal fluid?

Difficult question: Glycine is an Amino Acid that is the product of normal protein metabolism. Rare cases of inborn errors of metabolism result in a defect in metabolism of certain Amino Acids including glycine. A very rare disorder is non-ketotic hyperglycinemia where the glycine in the CSF is many times normal. The range of normal varies with ingestion of protein and depending on the form of laboratory assay. ...Read more

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Need docs answers! what function does cerebrospinal fluid serve?

Need docs answers! what function does cerebrospinal fluid serve?

Multiple: It cushions the brain, removes some of the waste products, especially fluid and may transport materials along its circulation. The CSF system probably replaces the lymphatic drainage in other organs. ...Read more

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Please explain why is it bad to have blood in cerebrospinal fluid?

Please explain why is it bad to have blood in cerebrospinal fluid?

Not always: Blood in the spinal fluid may have been introduced during the procedure ("bloody tap"); in this case, the rest of the fluid not not be xanthochromic. Blood in the CSF otherwise strongly suggests there has been a hemorrhage into the brain and/or cord and/or their surroundings. ...Read more

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Who would need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Who would   need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Meningitis: It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis. However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later. ...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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How many ml of lost cerebrospinal fluid can trigger a post-lp headache?

Not known: There is no good relationship between the amount of CSF drawn and headaches. It is quite individual. It is not the amount of fluid lost but changes in volume that appear to trigger the pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about cerebrospinal fluid circulation and hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a situation where cerebrospinal fluid circulation is either blocked blocked by an obstruction or too much CSF is being produced by a tumor in the ventricule. ...Read more

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Erythrocytes, Cerebrospinal Fluid Quantitative 917 Higher Than Normal What does this mean? I can see the results of my laboratory.

Traumatic tap: You do not indicate reason for lumbar puncture, or describe other spinal fluid abnormalities, so, most likely, the procedure resulted in some bleeding, which in absence of other findings would be of little or no consequence. ...Read more

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Is cerebrospinal fluid good at protecting the brain?

Is cerebrospinal fluid good at protecting the brain?

Very: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a vital component of brain (and spinal cord) protection. The brain floats in/on this fluid which allows the brain to slosh around gently while we move, start, stop, change direction, hit things w/our heads playing football (or jumping out of airplanes - Airborne!). It is made from blood and reabsorbed in a constant cycle. Leaks can cause headache ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea?

What sort of disease is cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea?

Leaking spinal fluid: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord. Rhinorrhea is a runny nose. Nerves from the front of the brain (olfactory nerves) descend through a thin layer of bone called the cribriform plate and into the nasal cavity so you can smell. If that layer of bone is fractured, spinal fluid can leak down from the brain and out the nose. CSF rhinorrhea. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for draining cerebrospinal fluid from their brain?

What is the procedure for draining cerebrospinal fluid from their brain?

Shunting: If a patient has hydrocephalus and increased pressure within the intracranial cavity, a neurosurgeon can place a VP shunt, to drain the fluid. In some cases, such as pseudo tumor cerebri, a spinal tap to drain fluid may be useful for symptom relief. ...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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How do I know if I have cerebrospinal fluid leak?

Cerebrospinal fluid: A CSF leak is usually manifested by a salty taste in the back of throat or a watery discharge from the nose not related to a cold or infection ...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