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Esi booked, cause of pain not known, MRI showed no compressed nerve so is esi the right treatment? Serious risks how likely, CSF leak, paralyses etc. Pain/burning spreads from face/teeth/neck/shoulder

Esi booked, cause of pain not known, MRI showed no compressed nerve so is esi the right treatment? Serious risks how likely, CSF leak, paralyses etc. Pain/burning spreads from face/teeth/neck/shoulder

Face pain: Face pain that spreads to the neck and shoulder is generally not spine related. Other causes can be from the jaw, mouth or brain. An epidural steroid injection will not relieve face or teeth pain. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation of the face pain. ...Read more

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

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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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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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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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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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

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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

Csf (Definition)

CSF is also known as Cerebrospinal fluid. 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