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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


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

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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I am concerned i may have a CSF leak. What are the most common signs?

Headache: Most come sign is headache, which gets worse while standing throughout the day, and then goes away when the patient is recumbent. Patients can progress to cranial nerve deficient, degree consciousness, and coma. ...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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What to do if a very small intermittent csf leak can't be detected on a cisternogram ?

Unlikely: Why are you asking this question.What are your symptoms and why was the cisternogram done.If it was done discuss the findings with your doctor.It is unlikely that they will miss a csf leak on cisternogram ...Read more

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Been told if cannot locate slow intermittent csf leak on cisternogram doesn't mean I don't have one.wat do I do next if this is the case???

CSF leak diagnosis: Intraspinal injection of radio opaque contrast such as a delayed iohexol CT can help localize a CSF leak, Also intraspinal injection of gadolinium and then delayed MRI of the suspected area can also show areas of CSF leak. ...Read more

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Can any conditions besides a CSF leak cause a positional headache? I'm fine while lying down, and I have a constant (mild) headache while standing.

See a physician: I would see a physician. If your symptoms fit the diagnosis. He could order an MRI of the brain or a myelogram to see if there is evidence of a leak. Caffiene or steriods will help the headache. ...Read more

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Going in tomorrow for cisternogram to locate slow intermittent csf leak.any info on what will happen,how long it will take,will they defo find leak?

Going in tomorrow for cisternogram to locate slow intermittent csf leak.any info on what will happen,how long it will take,will they defo find leak?

A cisternogram: is a radionuclide test done in Nuclear Medicine Dept. It begins with a lumbar puncture when, while you lie on your side, a doctor inserts a needle between your vertebrae into the subarachnoid space where CSF is. Little pain. A tracer is injected. You stay lying down for at least an hour. Then, taken to imaging for up to an hour. Return 2-6, maybe 24, 48, even 72 hrs later for 1 hr. scan. Accurate ...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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Am o at risk of meningitis with a supposed healed csf leak?

Depends. : If the leak is exposed to the outside environment or to cavities that have bacteria sitting there, then yes you are and will need the leak treated immediately. Go to your ER if this is the case. ...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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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

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What is the typical hospital stay if a CSF leak occurred from a. Microdiscetomy ?

What is the typical hospital stay if a CSF leak occurred from a. Microdiscetomy ?

Spinal fluid leak: If fluid is leaking through the skin, i usually recommend wound exploration and closure of the leak. This may require hospitalization for two to three days. If the leak is contained, bed rest and fluids will resolve most symptoms in one to two weeks. Hospitalization is usually reserved for persistent headache and dehydration requiring IV fluids. ...Read more

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If an intermittent csf leak has healed am I still at risk of contracting meningitis?

If an intermittent csf leak has healed am I still at risk of contracting meningitis?

No: If leak is resolved, then risk of meningitis would be the same as other indiviiduals with same exposures and immune function as you. ...Read more

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How would I know if I had a CSF leak its been 6 weeks I've just had a constant drip but I had mono during that time?

How would I know if I had a CSF leak its been 6 weeks I've just had a constant drip but I had mono during that time?

Assess drainage: If you are concerned about CSF leaking from your nose, go to the ER where they can analyze the fluid. CSF contains glucose and the drainage from a cold does not. CSF draining from your nose can be dangerous and a leak in this area can cause meningitis. This is an emergency. ...Read more

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During a minimally invasive micro discectomy a CSF leak occurred & repaired should I have been sent home the same day?

Probably: CSF leak is a not uncommon occurrence during microdiscectomy. When this happens, every effort is made at the time of surgery to repair the dural opening and prevent leakage. If CSF leakage through the incision occurs, this should be resutured, and sometimes a reoperation is necessary. The leak usually doesn't occur for several days, however, so there is no advantage to keeping the patient. ...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