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Doctor insights on: Spinal Fluid Leak After Surgery

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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?

No: Spinal fluid leaks are unfortunately one of the many risks of spine surgery and is not typically considered to be the fault of a surgeon. The important thing is that one is diagnosed and properly treated. ...Read more

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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


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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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Does a constant pinkish-reddish fluid coming from recent lumbar surgery wound indicate a CSF leak or something else?

Does a constant pinkish-reddish fluid coming from recent lumbar surgery wound indicate a CSF leak or something else?

Possibly: If your post surgical wound is leaking you should inform your surgeon and see them as soon as possible. It could be CSF leak or infection. ...Read more

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If I have chiari malformation 1 and my spinal Mri came up negative do I still need surgery? I have symptoms just nothing wrong with my spinal fluid

If I have chiari malformation 1 and my spinal Mri came up negative do I still need surgery? I have symptoms just nothing wrong with my spinal fluid

Neurological : symptoms guide the decision that surgery is needed. Pressure from the cerebellum on the spinal cord or lower brainstem can cause neurological signs & symptoms. Read all the pages on www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chiari-malformation/basics/definition/con-20031115. Seek a 2nd pediatric neurosurgical opinion if you are hesitant. ...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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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