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Doctor insights on: Spinal Fluid Leak Symptoms

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What causes spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks?

What causes spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks?

See a neurologist: Possibly trauma, tumors or masses but it would be wise to seek out a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...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


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How much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during lumbar puncture ?

How much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during lumbar puncture ?

3-5 cc: Usually routine analysis necessitates between 3 to 5 cc. This is about half a teaspoon to one teaspoon. Some conditions necessitate removing 2 teaspoons and in rare conditions such as hydrocephalus, 20-30 cc may be removed. ...Read more

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Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Yes: A base-of-the-skull fracture can infamously cause a runny ear. That it is spinal fluid can be confirmed by any clever physician who thinks to test it for glucose. ...Read more

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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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Is cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea curable?

Is cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea curable?

Yes: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea is a curable condition. The source of the fluid leak must first be identified, usually by mri, ct or a special nuclear scan. The treatment of this is usually by surgical repair of the leak. Many times this surgery can be performed through the nose, if possible. Untreated CSF leaks can lead to meningitis. ...Read more

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What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?

Not the spinal cord: Lumbar puncture is done below the spinal cord itself, usually between 3rd and 4th or 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spinal cord ends at about first lumbar vertebra but the membranes containing cerebrospinal fluid extend below that. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lumbar-puncture/my00982. ...Read more

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How can cerebrospinal fluid leaks affect the nervous system?

May cause headaches: Most spinal fluid issues of this sort follow lumbar punctures and can be fixed via a blood patch. Far less commonly, postural orthostatic headaches can be due to spontaneous damage within the neuraxis which can cause headaches and/or dizziness. ...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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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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Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

See a spine surgeon,: Who depending on your symptoms and response to the medication, will have you go through a course of epidural shots (steroids) or might advise to enlarge the narrowed (stenosis) canal, to take pressure off the cord or the nerves. Good luck. ...Read more

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What number of drops of cerebrospinal fluid is collected during lumbar puncture?

What number of drops of cerebrospinal fluid is collected during lumbar puncture?

Not Drops: When collecting fluid during a lumbar puncture, we don't exactly count drops of fluid. Rather, we count CCs (cubic centimenters). Typically there are 4 tubes. We collect only 1-2 cc in the first and 2-6 in the rest. The amount collected depends on the purpose of the lumbar puncture. Decreasing fluid pressure, having enough fluid for many lab tests are 2 reasons to draw off larger amounts. ...Read more

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About how much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during a diagnostic lumbar puncture ?

About how much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during a diagnostic lumbar puncture ?

Small amount: Typically 1 to 2 tablespoons. If fluid needs to be sent for cytology - looking for abnormal cells, then more fluid is needed. You produce the fluid continuously and whatever fluid is taken out is rapidly replaced. ...Read more

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How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

It does not!: Meconium passage in utero is common and generally without consequence provided there is no fetal distress. Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare but almost always lethal maternal complication of late pregnancy. The two conditions are unrelated. ...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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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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Can the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis wax and wane?

Can the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis wax and wane?

Yes: They often facilate worse with activitu improve with rest they tend to cycle ad the nerve swells rubs more then with rest it shrinks and fits better as swellimg subsides. ...Read more

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What causes amniotic fluid embolism?

What causes amniotic fluid embolism?

Vein: It is when amniotic fluid enters the bloodstream through the venous system. It can be very dangerous, potentially causing a embolus in the lung. ...Read more

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What can cause yeast in spinal fluid besides meningitis?

Contaminants: Typically, this can come from skin surface contamination, but if spinal fluid has inflammatory cells present, and protein and sugar abnormal, this presence may be more ominous suggesting fungal infection. ...Read more