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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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My friend got CSF otorrhea. Why is that?

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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My friend got CSF otorrhea. Why is that?

Otitis? Trauma?: Complicated otitis can cause lesions in the inner/middle ear that erode through the brain coverings (meninges) threatening meningitis and encephalitis with serious or even lethal consequences. CSF otorrhea can alternatively be the result of tumors of trauma to the base of the skull and is a very serious condition - emergent medical care should be sought with ent, neurosurgery, and neurology. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Jason Cormier
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
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What happens to my child as a result of CSF otorrhea?

Dr. Jason Cormier
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
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What happens to my child as a result of CSF otorrhea?

CSF Otorrhea: Depending on the cause, trauma vs spontaneous, the presence of an abnormal communication between sterile subarachnoid space with the flora of the sinonasal places your child at great risk for meningitis, which is potentially life threatening. Your child should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist immediately who may refer you to a neurosurgeon if a complex operation is indicated to seal the leak. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Peter Corrado
Board Certified, Family Medicine
36 years in practice
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What sort of disorder is CSF otorrhea?

Dr. Peter Corrado
Board Certified, Family Medicine
36 years in practice
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What sort of disorder is CSF otorrhea?

A serious condition: CSF is cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord. CSF otorrhea is when the fluid is draining out of your ear. It is considered a sign of a basilar skull fracture. It can also be associated with leakage thru the nose which is refered to as CSF rhinorrhea. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Jacobs
Board Certified, Neurology
27 years in practice
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How do you treat CSF otorrhea?

Dr. Alan Jacobs
Board Certified, Neurology
27 years in practice
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It depends: It depends on the cause- basilar skull fracture, recent surgery, congenital, inner ear disease or rarely spontaneously. Also implied is a perforated ear drum allowing the leaking CSF to exit the middle ear into the external ear canal or eustachian tube. Meningitis must be identified if present. Treatment could involve antibiotics, diuretics, steroids or surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Board Certified, Neurology
53 years in practice
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With CSF otorrhea what are my treatment options?

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Board Certified, Neurology
53 years in practice
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With CSF otorrhea what are my treatment options?

Neurosurgery: See a neurosurgeon there is a high risk of meningitis if the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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A traumatic basilar fracture occurred 7d ago. Csf otorrhea still present. Few headaches, no temp, good energy. How long should this last?

Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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Neurosurgeon STAT: You should be in hospital now getting treatment to avoid meningitis/encephalitis or other life=threatening events! ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
28 years in practice
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Is cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea curable?

Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
28 years in practice
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Is cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea curable?

Yes: CSF otorrhea is caused by a defect in the bone surrounding the ear and the temporal bone. It can be cured but will require surgery to seal the leak. It is very important to have this taken care of. The risk of a untreated CSF leak is meningitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Board Certified, Neurology
18 years in practice
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Should I still go to work if I have cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea?

Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Board Certified, Neurology
18 years in practice
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What kind work: Work involving heavy lifting, holding breathe, working in area which takes care of infection should be avoided. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Board Certified, Family Medicine
39 years in practice
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What kind treatment can somebody get for cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea?

Dr. Colin Kerr
Board Certified, Family Medicine
39 years in practice
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CSF otorrhea: The treatment is primarily surgical. In some cases of trauma, however, where the leakage is very light, they might wait to see if spontaneous healing occurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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What to do if i got CSF results and have some questions?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Talk to doctor: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. If the doctor who ordered the test is not able to interpret it, it would be useful to talk to the pathologist of the lab that did the tests. ...Read more

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