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Doctor insights on: Various Types Of Spinal Fluid Infection

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Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth infection bone/fracutre cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth infection bone/fracutre cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

No: Bad sinus disease if left untreated can cause intracranial infection or even brain abcess. The infection erodes through the bone and covering of the brain. This can cause meningitis, but not necessarily spine infection. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth removal job/ fracture cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth removal job/ fracture cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

Yes: If you develop a sinus infection that become blood borne, the infection may spread to bone. There can also be spread to the intervertebral disc. Although the occurrence is rare, it is possible are is recorded. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a spinal fluid analysis?

What type of doctor can order a spinal fluid analysis?

MDs/DOs: Virtually all mds/dos can order this test, but not all can do it.
Typically is done by a neurologist, surgeons/medical residents... ...Read more

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I am a 58 year old woman, who's feet are always cold and in pain I have been in good health although 3 years ago I had some MS type symptoms but the spinal fluid came back normal.

I am a 58 year old woman, who's feet are always cold and in pain I have been in good health although 3 years ago I had some MS type symptoms but the spinal fluid came back normal.

Foot symptoms: Having symptoms like that in your feet may indicate something bothering the nerves in your legs, such as peripheral neuropathy, rather than MS. The spinal fluid is only one test for MS however, so nothing is certain about the cause in this case.

A repeat history and examination should be the next step. ...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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Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?

Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?

CSF cell count: Many conditions cause changes in white blood cell count in the CSF. Normally, these are infections, especially viral infections. There are some conditions that are related to the immune system and certain cancers can cause this. Cancer normally causes a very high cell count number, however. If your cell count is low, it is not likely this is cancer. ...Read more

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Ebv positive had lumbar puncture if EBV infection showed in the spinal fluid what is the outcome of this would it prove to my doc autoimmune disease?

Ebv positive had lumbar puncture if EBV infection showed in the spinal fluid what is the outcome of this would it prove to my doc autoimmune disease?

Not necessarily: Ebv is very common, and many younger pts experience infectious mononucleosis, but very few go on to develop an autoimmune condition of any type. Assume the lumbar puncture was done to look at possible central nervous system disease, perhaps ms, and typically, most doctors would not order ebv titers in spinal fluid. Perhaps you need to schedule a conference with your doctor and get more info. ...Read more

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What should I do if my spinal fluid is black?

Can you explain: Who told you that your spinal fluid is black? Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. Can you clarify? Black cartilage around the spine warns of alkaptonuria, and various pigments can darken the fluid but it'll never truly be black. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person die from having spinal fluid in their bloodstream?

No.: CSF is 98% water and contains nothing caustic or dangerous. CSF mixes into the bloodstream in surgery all the time. In fact, CSF circulates and is reabsorbed into the venous system in the normal situation. In addition, one treatment of hydrocephalus is to divert CSF into the heart, where it mixes with the blood.
There is no problem with the situation you describe. ...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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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

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What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

Correlate: There's nothing magic about a particular number. Some people with cancer involving the brain and spinal cord surface do not shed the cancer cells into the CSF. Your pathologist can determine where the cells probably came from and guide the clinician in treatment. Depending on the type of cancer, it may still be curable or manageable for at least some more good time. ...Read more

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My mam has cancer in her spinal fluid, I just want to know what the chances of her surviving it is?

Depends on type: Cancer if the spinal fluid is usually metastatic, but it can be from hollow organs, bone marrow or from the brain. Usually cancer or lymphoma can be found in csf, but brain tumors can also be seen there. Without known the type of underlying cancer your mom has, it is hard to predict outcome. Maybe you would like to reply and describe the specific cancer type. ...Read more

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Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Blood patch 2.0: After a blood patch is placed, the blood patch resolves. There is no risk of a blood clot with this procedure. There are no long time risks. The blood patch resolves after the dura heals. This normally takes days or weeks. The CSF replaces itself in a few hours. ...Read more

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What is the pathway of spinal fluid?

See below: In short from choroid plexus to arachnaoid granulations. For more info consult this: http://www. Sciencedirect. Com/science/article/pii/S1879729611001013 ...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 causes high pressure in spinal fluid?

Common causes: Straining or valsalva maneuver during lumbar puncture, very high blood pressure, presence of tumors or hemorrhages, pseudotumor cerebri, hydrocephalus, venous thrombosis, brain abscess, encephalitis, swelling of brain due to edema of stroke, etc. ...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 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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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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Please explain what it means if the spinal tap I had was unable to get enough CSF fluid?

Please explain what it means if the spinal tap I had was unable to get enough CSF fluid?

A couple things...: This could mean that you were significantly dehydrated at the time or possibly the person doing the LP may not have had a good angle to provide good CSF flow from the needle. ...Read more

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The drssaid my 1 mo. Old baby could have bacterialinfection y did they take spinal fluid?

Spinal tap: If your newborn is running a fever of 100.4 or more for no discenible cause a spinal tap is usually done to rule out meningitis. ...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

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