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Symptoms Of A Csf Leak
Is it possible to have a CSF leak without a very hard hit to head maybe a bump enough to get symptoms of a concussion wasn't knocked out drip and ear?
Absolutely. See MD.: Your symptoms sound like you may be experiencing a CSF leak. A bump placed at just the critical place with just the critical force may be all that is needed. Please see your doctor for a full H&P, diagnosis, and treatment. If you do have a CSF leak, you may need to be on bedrest with a lumbar drain until your CSF leak heals. Otherwise, surgery may be necessary. Best wishes for a full recovery.See 2 more doctor answers
Depends.: That depends what on the cause and location of the csf leak. I am available for consultation if you need to discuss further.
Unlikely: Why are you asking this question. What are your symptoms and why was the cisternogram done. If it was done discuss the findings with your doctor. It is unlikely that they will miss a csf leak on cisternogram
Been told if cannot locate slow intermittent csf leak on cisternogram doesn't mean I don't have one. Wat do I do next if this is the case???
Going in tomorrow for cisternogram to locate slow intermittent csf leak. Any info on what will happen, how long it will take, will they defo find leak?
A cisternogram: Is a radionuclide test done in Nuclear Medicine Dept. It begins with a lumbar puncture when, while you lie on your side, a doctor inserts a needle between your vertebrae into the subarachnoid space where CSF is. Little pain. A tracer is injected. You stay lying down for at least an hour. Then, taken to imaging for up to an hour. Return 2-6, maybe 24, 48, even 72 hrs later for 1 hr. Scan. Accurate
Spinal fluid leak: If fluid is leaking through the skin, I usually recommend wound exploration and closure of the leak. This may require hospitalization for two to three days. If the leak is contained, bed rest and fluids will resolve most symptoms in one to two weeks. Hospitalization is usually reserved for persistent headache and dehydration requiring IV fluids.
Leak: They are not usually relatedGet a more detailed answer ›
Depends.: If the leak is exposed to the outside environment or to cavities that have bacteria sitting there, then yes you are and will need the leak treated immediately. Go to your ER if this is the case.
Dangerous: Any leak of CSF after a trauma to the head (which I assume you are implying by concussion) can be dangerous as this represents a significant disruption of the protective barrier surrounding the brain. This can allow bacteria in and cause a life threatening infection (meningitis). If you believe you have a CSF leak you should seek immediate medical attention.
Yes: There is potential for complications including CSF leak at any spinal level during spinal surgery.
No: If leak is resolved, then risk of meningitis would be the same as other indiviiduals with same exposures and immune function as you.