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What is the definition or description of: ct-guided CSF leak repair?

What is the definition or description of: ct-guided CSF leak repair?

Fix a flat: A ct guided CSF leak repair indicates that for some reason- recent surgery on the brain or spine, or a recent epidural or lumbar puncture-there was a persistant loss of cerebrospinal fluid at the site. Typically, the repair of such a leak is accomplished by injecting a small amount of blood drawn from the patient at the site of puncture to form a clot to seal the leak. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Will a ENT always need a CT scan to address a CSF leak?

Probably: Depends on symptoms or signs. You should see them first in case they can diagnose another reason. You may need a special ct scan where they inject a unique dye into your CSF compartment via your back. Ent will need to localize the location (ie ear/sinus/side) and size of the defect to assess what to do. Still there may be other reasons for your symptoms such as a hematoma or other sources. See ent ...Read more

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"Short fluid level in the maxillary sinus" on CT of brain. Could this point to a CSF leak? I had chronic post nasal drip and sinus issues for years.

"Short fluid level in the maxillary sinus" on CT of brain. Could this point to a CSF leak? I had chronic post nasal drip and sinus issues for years.

Much more likely : that your chronic inflammation of the sinus has blocked drainage & caused mucus to be retained in your maxillary sinuses. Seek evaluation by an ENT specialist. This would not necessarily explain your unwanted weight loss, especially if the fluid is not chronically infected. ...Read more

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Sutures from Lumbar CSF Leak Repair removed yesterday...it's ~2" long & bottom goes into top of gluteal cleft. Base looks like it's opening despite Steri Strips & Butterfly Closures. What can I do?

You should call your: surgeon for guidance but sometimes a wound can spread in spite of that type of closure if there is strain on the wound. As long as there is no drainage or reddening of the wound or any increasing pain, fevers, chills or sweats-it should be ok but check with your surgeon just to make sure. ...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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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

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