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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 would you do to decide if you have post nasal drip or cerebrospinal fluid leak (csf)?

What would you do to decide if you have post nasal drip or cerebrospinal fluid leak (csf)?

Good question: Why would you suspect a CSF leak? Trauma? History of recurrent meningitis? Recent surgery? These leaks aren't very common. That said, you can see an ENT who can send off this fluid to be tested for beta2-transferrin. The test can answer that question for you. May also order ct imaging. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How do you know if you're leaking CSF? I had some clr liquid running suddenly from my right nostril when I was leaning forward. Head hot, eyes/ears hurt.

How do you know if you're leaking CSF? I had some clr liquid running suddenly from my right nostril when I was leaning forward. Head hot, eyes/ears hurt.

CSF: Usually you would require trauma first. A simple way is check the liquid draining from the right nostril. CSF contains glucose, as nasal drainage does not. Finally a CT scan or an MRI would help if there are ongoing concerns. All the best. ...Read more

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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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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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How common are spontaneous CSF leaks in IIH patients? Thank you for your help.

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

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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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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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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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Does CSF leak cause nausea?

It can.: A CSF can cause nausea. The most common symptom is severe positional headaches. ...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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Please tell me, could a meningitis from CSF leak contagious?

No: If a patient has meningitis from a CSF leak the organisms involved are skin organisms found on all of us. Non-infectious. ...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 causes an intermittent csf leak to stop and start? Cause -spontaneous and area-right anterior cribriform plate

High pressures: When spontaneous, CSF leak is usually due to benign intracranial hypertension. Drainage may be sporadic and depend on position, pressures, location, etc. ...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

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Post meningitis intermittent csf leak. Vision went blurry for about 20 mins then bk to normal now feeling unwell. What should I do?

CSF leak: CSF leak is very serious. This should be closed. If this is into the nasal chamber, blowing your nose can force bacteria into your brain.
The doctor can test the leak to see if it is from your spinal cord or eslewhere. ...Read more

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Are headaches compulsory symptoms for CSF leak and meningitis?

Yes: They certainly are common symptoms, but meningitis causes high fever and mental status changes. You haven't said why you might have a CSF leak. ...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