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Doctor insights on: Spinal Fluid Leak After Epidural

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Is it true that a spinal fluid leak after surgery is the surgeons fault?

Is it true that a spinal fluid leak after surgery is the surgeons fault?

Vague?? but no: What kind of surgery are you referring to? With many neurosurgical procedures, CSF leak is a risk, especially if the CSF space itself was entered as a part of the operation. These leaks are not uncommon, sometimes even a normal part of healing, and usually resolve with proper treatment. I encourage you to review your concerns with your surgeon. Your surgeon is in the best position to help you. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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I was wondering is a spinal fluid leak after surgery the fault of the surgeons?

Not necessarily: Did you have spinal anesthesia? Did a surgeon operate on you brain or spinal cord? What did you have surgery for? Infrequently a spinal fluid leak can develop spontaneously. ...Read more

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Could a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Yes: Leaks from the nose or ear are fairly common after head trauma or surgical mishaps. They are often missed until a clever physician tests the fluid for glucose using a reagent test strip. Spinal fluid leaks after a lumbar puncture are troublesome. ...Read more

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Might it be that a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Might it be that a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Yes: Most commonly happens after spinal tap. Usually resolves by itself. ...Read more

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What are the causes for leaking spinal fluid?

See below: Spinal fluid may leak following a spinal tap, surgery or trauma to the head and sometimes without known cause. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001068.htm. ...Read more

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I have spinal fluid leaking, what can happen to me?

Where is the leak?: Spinal fluid leak can cause severe headaches and infection can reach the brain through the site of leakage, what makes you think that you have spinal fluid leak? ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Spinal fluid leaking from nose?

Just what it says: If cerebro-spinal fluid is leaking through the nose. It implies a breech in the base of the skull. There is a specific test to determine if the fluid leaking from the nose is CSF, a test of beta transferrin.
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What is the definition or description of: Spinal fluid leaking from ear?

Leaking spinal fluid: Leaking spinal fluid is always a serious matter, regardless if it is coming from the ear or elsewhere. The fluid is thin a straw-colored and usually clear (unless there is an infection). The cause of the leak needs to be addressed immediately, because it is always dangerous. ...Read more

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Woke up with a headache, pain gets worse when I stand up. This type of headache happens maybe 10-15 times/year, type of migraine or spinal fluid leak?

Woke up with a headache, pain gets worse when I stand up. This type of headache happens maybe 10-15 times/year, type of migraine or spinal fluid leak?

Orthostatic headache: Orthostatic headache is a medical condition in which a patient develops a headache while vertical and the headache is relieved when horizontal. Not all orthostatic headaches are due to CSF leaks. See a headache specialist for evaluation, tests and management. ...Read more

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Had an epidural blood patch, does spinal fluid recover itself?, What happens with the blood that got injected in my dura? Does it all go bac to normal

Had an epidural blood patch, does spinal fluid recover itself?, What happens with the blood that got injected in my dura? Does it all go bac to normal

Blood patch outcome: The CSF replaces itself about every 8 hours. The blood of the blood patch forms a clot near any hole in the dura, otherwise it is reabsorbed and recycled. ...Read more

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Can a cranial spinal fluid leak be caused by a papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve?

Different items: Papilledema is a sign of increased intracranial pressure of any etiology, and can be due to tumor, hydrocephalus, brain hemorrhage, infections. Swelling of the optic nerve can be due to optic neuritis or other inflammatory problems. Spinal fluid leaks can be due to trauma over skull such as cribiform plate fracture. If severe trauma, perhaps all could occur together. ...Read more

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I had an epidural, my spinal fluids were leaking, now three years later I continuously have this pinching sensation in my spine. What is this?

I had an epidural, my spinal fluids were leaking, now three years later I continuously have this pinching sensation in my spine. What is this?

Unrelated: Spinal fluid leak after injection is sealed and healed. Your pain is related to the original problem. So refer back to your treating doc for recommendations. ...Read more

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I have IH and how do I know when to go to ER for LP? Also have you heard of discs pressing spinal cord causing impingement on csf flo? I don't have a leak.

Why the ER?: Intracranial hypertension is NOT an emergency. Using the ER as a walk-in clinic is a MISuse of the ER and ER staff. Why are you posting that question here? You can't just order up an LP. You and your doctor together properly should decide if you need one. Ask him/her when you need one. Your doctor can then schedule it as an outpatient procedure ("day surgery"). That's the way to do it. ...Read more

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Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

CSF leak: If a CSF leak is going to occur it is usually within weeks to months, if you are 2 years out while there might still be a risk it would be very low. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have CSF leak 3wks post ESI. L4-L5. Bad headache/foggy/no fever. Painful epidural even with lidocaine before placed. NSAI helps.

Headache after ESI: Post dural puncture headache after 3 weeks LESI very unlikely but possible NSAID are not going to help much Cafergot (ergotamine and caffeine) which has caffeine and ergotamine will be more helpful if there is CSF leak you will need a Epidural Blood Patch contact the MD tha tgave you the LESI treatment ...Read more

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I have possible CSF leak. Everytime I bend over, or push, for the past yr, after a 2 mo. Headache and spinal tap, I hear a thump in one ear. Csf leak?

Difficult question: Not exactly sure of the history, but it seems that you are saying that you hear a thump in the ear when you bend or push. There was a 2 month history of headache and spinal tap. This is unusual and is not the typical symptom of CSF leak. That is usually headaches when you stand up with improvement when you lay down. There are some special MRI studies that can check for CSF hypotension. ...Read more

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Could I develop spinal headache 3 wks post lumbar suurgery. Positional pain x3 days and a runny nose, when should I become concerned about a csf leak?

Could I develop spinal headache 3 wks post lumbar suurgery. Positional pain x3 days and a runny nose, when should I become concerned about a csf leak?

Ans: Most common to have issues right after a surgery not 3 weeks out. Sounds like you are more worried than having actual symptoms. Don't create issues for yourself. Move on ...Read more

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Hello. Every since having a CSF leak after 3 failed epidurals 18 months ago I have had severe tiredness, constant neck, shoulder, back pain. Pressure?

CSf leak: Dural puncture is a know complication of an epidural. The main question if the first 2 epidurals failed why was a third one done? It is unlikely that the CSF leak is the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the cost of spinal fluid analysis?

Check with the lab: Spinal fluid analysis has two costs. First is the procedure to draw it (ie spinal tap). The second is the lab cost. You will need to ask the practitioner obtaining the spinal fluid and the lab for costs, as they vary widely from lab to lab. ...Read more

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What can I do so mycoplasma enters the spinal fluid?

Mycoplasma: Once mycoplasma invades the body it will spread by blood stream to the central nervous system. ...Read more

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What does it mean if there is protein in my spinal fluid?

CSF protein: The adult range of cerebrospinal (CSF) protein is 18 to 58 mg per dl (0.18 to 0.58 g per l). Elevated levels can indicate multiple possibilities: infections, intracranial hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome, malignancies, some endocrine abnormalities, certain medication use, and a variety of inflammatory conditions. Please ask your doctor about results in your own case. ...Read more

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What would cause the protein to be a little high in spinal fluid?

What would cause the protein to be a little high in spinal fluid?

CSF protein: The adult range of cerebrospinal (CSF) protein is 18 to 58 mg per dl (0.18 to 0.58 g per l). Elevated levels can indicate multiple possibilities: infections, intracranial hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome, malignancies, some endocrine abnormalities, certain medication use, and a variety of inflammatory conditions. Please ask your doctor about results in your own case. ...Read more

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Why do I hear my spinal fluid in my neck?

Why do I hear my spinal fluid in my neck?

Gift hearing or?: You may be hearing the creaks and noises of shifting bones and cartilage or maybe the blood pulsing through your carotids. Or maybe your nervous system is so attuned that you can hear your spinal fluid. You would be the first patient I have heard that can hear their spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Does an MRI of the spine show spinal fluid problems?

Does an MRI of the spine show spinal fluid problems?

Need a spinal tap: For evaluating spinal fluid a spinal tap is necessary. This is the only way to evaluate the fluid for any problems. An MRI would only be able to evaluate if there is a leak in the sac containing the nerves. ...Read more

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Do you know about too much spinal fluid on the brain?

Do you know about too much spinal fluid on the brain?

Hydrocephalus: This is the scientific term. I would urge you to read as much as you can about this if it affects you or someone you love. There are many subtypes and causes. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is cerebral spinal fluid life threatening?

Not sure what? Is: CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) is made continuously by brain. CSF is made on top of the brain and drains down to spinal canal. Hydrocephalus occurs if there is a blockage with the ventricles (fluid filled spaces) in brain becoming larger. Often surgery is needed to treat this condition which occurs in premies who have bleed into their brains or in elderly with NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus). ...Read more

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What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean?

What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean?

Possible infection: Bands are immature forms of neutrophils and are produced by bone marrow in higher numbers most frequently as a response to infection. Remember this is just one isolated point of information and needs to be correlated with the overall clinical scenario. ...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