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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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My friend got CSF otorrhea. Why is that?

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. Christopher Crosby
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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


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

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. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Peter Corrado
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What sort of disorder is CSF otorrhea?

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
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How do you treat CSF otorrhea?

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. Djamchid Lotfi
Board Certified, Neurology
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Dr. Edward Smith
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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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Is cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea curable?

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
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Should I still go to work if I have cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea?

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
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What kind treatment can somebody get for cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea?

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
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What to do if i got CSF results and have some questions?

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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Csf (Definition)

CSF is also known as Cerebrospinal fluid. 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


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