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Csf Leak Symptoms After Surgery
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
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?
Does a constant pinkish-reddish fluid coming from recent lumbar surgery wound indicate a CSF leak or something else?
Call surgeon: Please call the surgeon who operated on you and inform her/him rather than trying to diagnose possible post-op complication. The answering service should pick up since it is the weekend. They will contact him/her or whoever is covering. Please do this NOW. Best wishes. ...Read more
Had a runny nose mix with mucus and tear drops dripping out of 1 nostril for about month now. Had sinus surgery 8 months ago. Could it be CSF leak?
Seriously doubt it!: Your symptoms sound more like basic, run of the mill rhinorrhea - likely caused by allergies or viral illness. Let the ENT who did your surgery know your concerns and symptoms. They can examine you, help determine cause, and provide treatment to get you some relief. ...Read more
I have chiari malformation. Decompressed 2012, CSF leak surgery 2012, vp shunt 2013. Carpal tunnel result of chiari? Only small relief after surgeries
Compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel has no relationship to the chiari malformation. Patients with chiari I malformation may have syringomyelia, which can cause neck and arm symptoms. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is very specific to the nerve at the wrist.
Your neurosurgeon can help distinguish between the two conditions, and explain why you still have symptoms. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a CSF leak without a very hard hit to head maybe a bump enough to get symptoms of a concussion wasn't knocked out drip and ear?
Absolutely. See MD.: Your symptoms sound like you may be experiencing a CSF leak. A bump placed at just the critical place with just the critical force may be all that is needed. Please see your doctor for a full H&P, diagnosis, and treatment. If you do have a CSF leak, you may need to be on bedrest with a lumbar drain until your CSF leak heals. Otherwise, surgery may be necessary. Best wishes for a full recovery. ...Read more
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???
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
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
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
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
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