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Doctor insights on: Csf Leak After Spinal Anesthesia

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

CSF leak: If a CSF leak is going to occur it is usually within weeks to months, if you are 2 years out while there might still be a risk it would be very low. ...Read more

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I have possible CSF leak. Everytime I bend over, or push, for the past yr, after a 2 mo. Headache and spinal tap, I hear a thump in one ear. Csf leak?

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 of headache and spinal tap. This is unusual and is not the typical symptom of CSF leak. That is usually headaches when you stand up with improvement when you lay down. There are some special MRI studies that can check for CSF hypotension. ...Read more

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Could I develop spinal headache 3 wks post lumbar suurgery. Positional pain x3 days and a runny nose, when should I become concerned about a csf leak?

Could I develop spinal headache 3 wks post lumbar suurgery. Positional pain x3 days and a runny nose, when should I become concerned about a csf leak?

Ans: Most common to have issues right after a surgery not 3 weeks out. Sounds like you are more worried than having actual symptoms. Don't create issues for yourself. Move on ...Read more

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What causes an intermittent csf leak to stop and start leaking?

Depends.: That depends what on the cause and location of the csf leak. I am available for consultation if you need to discuss further. ...Read more

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Are headaches compulsory symptoms for CSF leak and meningitis?

Yes: They certainly are common symptoms, but meningitis causes high fever and mental status changes. You haven't said why you might have a CSF leak. ...Read more

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Would a regular doctor be able to determine if I had an CSF leak?

Would a regular doctor be able to determine if I had an CSF leak?

Indirectly: A competent primary care or "regular" doctor can certainly recognize the risk factors and associated symptoms of a CSF leak. The most common symptom is headache that is worse when standing. Most of the time this leak is from trauma to the meninges (the outer lining of the brain and spinal cord). When you see your doctor, let them know of your concerns. ...Read more

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I have to have skull base surgery to repair a csf leak. How long is the op and how long is recovery?

Ask the neurosurgeon: Skull base surgery for repair of a CSF leak is a major operation with a number of factors influencing OR time and recovery. The location of the leak determines the approach the surgeon takes, which is a big factor in the length of the surgery and the recovery time. This is a question that is best addressed by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I recently has a csf leak surgery. My follow up Mri showed it was a success. Are the odds greater for me to get another leak?

Not usually: Unless you have some type of anatomical abnormality, which makes you prone to leaks of spinal fluid, such as spina bifida, it is unlikely for it to reoccur. ...Read more

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Hi I'm waiting an op for csf leak repair. I have one surgeon saying do the op and another saying don't coz of risk of losing taste! Confused?

Hi I'm waiting an op for csf leak repair. I have one surgeon saying do the op and another saying don't coz of risk of losing taste! Confused?

Always difficult: This is a contraversial subject, hence why you will find differences in opinions. This is be just as frustrating for the doctors treating you as it can be for the patient. There is no right/wrong answer. Second and third opinions are sometimes needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a CSF leak from a tooth extraction?

I don't see how: I honestly don't see how the two can be related in any way whatsoever, nor have I even heard of this as a possibilty in over 40 years of dental practice. ...Read more

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Is ejaculation safe with a CSF leak?

Csf leak: In the setting of CSF leak, you want to avoid anything that can increase the intracranial pressure like coughing, sneezing, and ejaculation. ...Read more

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Does CSF leak cause nausea?

It can.: A CSF can cause nausea. The most common symptom is severe positional headaches. ...Read more

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Can a menigitis from CSF leak contagious?

Can a menigitis from CSF leak contagious?

No: A CSF leak would allow for the entrance of bacteria to the cerebral spinal fluid. It is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is a CSF leak dangerous after a concussion will it go away?

Dangerous: Any leak of CSF after a trauma to the head (which I assume you are implying by concussion) can be dangerous as this represents a significant disruption of the protective barrier surrounding the brain. This can allow bacteria in and cause a life threatening infection (meningitis). If you believe you have a CSF leak you should seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a meningitis from CSF leak contagious?

No: If a patient has meningitis from a CSF leak the organisms involved are skin organisms found on all of us. Non-infectious. ...Read more

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Can improper fusion of posterior of c1 cause any complications? Csf leak?

Yes: There is potential for complications including CSF leak at any spinal level during spinal surgery. ...Read more

Cerebrospinal Fluid (Definition)

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 ...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