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Csf Leaks 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 surgery on a pilondial cyst 2yrs ago. Since then I've had IBS and wound leakage. It leaks a lot when I need to pass bowel mov't. Leaking CSF?
Pilonidal cyst: Hi~ leaking CSF from a pilonidal cyst removal? Was the Surgeon a licensed First World practitioner? If this was CSF you have to go right thru the sacrum to get to the theca of the spinal canal. So if you can sit probably not. Lets hope not. Pilonidals are removed and left to close slowly with granulation tissue over 6 -8 weeks. So you probably have chronic fistula. Go back&see Surgeon to fix it tx ...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
After 2 decompression surgeries for Chiari I malformation and 2 more for CSF leaks I now have a damaged Vagus nerve. Can this be repaired?
Depends how damaged: A neurologist who specializes in this or neurosurgeon can answer this, sometimes if not completely cut can regenerate a little or if dinged can come back more ...Read more
Disc protrusion T8-T9 - flattening of cord with little CSF around cord. Having marked changes to gait, very unsteady on feet. Neuro next. Surgery?
When I get stuffy nose I have tear drops that drip out of my left nostril when I hunch over. Had sinus surgery a few months ago. Could it be csf?
Possible: You should have your surgeon check you out to see if this is a result of the sinus surgery. ...Read more
When I'm congested on one side of the nose, I get watery drips that come out of the nostril that's not mucus. Could it be csf? Had sinus surgery 1 yr.
Need more info: See your surgeon who can test for this easily. What type of sinus surgery did you have? Any complications following surgery? Do you have any ongoing headaches? What makes you suspect CSF leakage? Most people undergoing sinus surgery don't have many complications involving CSF leakages, unless you had a complex surgery involving your sphenoidal, frontal or ethmoid sinuses close to the brain. ...Read more
MRI result: smooth reversal of cervical lordosis. Minor disc osteophyte bulge is effacing the CSF anterior to the cord C5-C6. Would I require surgery?
No surgery: Straightening of cervical spine can be due to muscle spasm from whiplash, but can also be a normal finding. Osteophytes are the result of spine degeneration and usually do not need surgical correction. Effacement of the CSF anterior to the cervical cord is usually benign and asymptomatic. ...Read more
Had Laminectomy at L-3 in May 2016, post surgery numbness of right leg from waist to toes, surgeon knicked dura during surgery with CSF leakage.
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
Leak: They are not usually relatedGet a more detailed answer ›
It happens rarely: Spontaneous CSF leaks requiring repair occur in 1-2 per million people/yr (https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/25111523), many of these patients turn out to have idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). ; IIH occurs 28/100, 000/yr (http://jnnp. Bmj. Com/content/87/9/982), which suggests less than 0.7% of people with IIH will need a repair of a spontaneous CSF leak. ...Read more