Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

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Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

A Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak is a leak of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Tears or holes in the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord cause CSF leaks. Tears can be a result of various causes such as head injury or surgery, and spinal taps. Symptoms of a CSF leak may include: light sensitivity, nausea, neck stiffness, and drainage of CSF fluid from the ears or nose. CT scans and MRIs of the head or spine can diagnose this condition. CFS leaks may go away on their own after a few days, depending on their cause. Patients are recommended to go on bed rest and drink many fluids. Headaches can be treated with painkillers, and surgery to repair the leak is rarely necessary.

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The terms "Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak" returned 24 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Acute bacterial meningitis by Streptococcus agalactiae in a non pregnant woman associated to a cerebrospinal fluid leak: a case report].
 

Author(s): Bernardita González, Tomás Labatut, Andrés Soto, Alberto Fica, Marcelo Castro

Journal: Rev Chilena Infectol. 2013 Dec;30(6):665-8.

 

Streptococcus agalactiae is a rare cause of acute bacterial meningitis. We report the case of a middle age non-pregnant female patient, with no comorbitidies, who was hospitalized with acute meningitis. The pathogen was identified both in blood and CSF. She recovered uneventfully ...

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2014

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Using an autologous fibrin sealant in the preventing of cerebrospinal fluid leak with large skull base defect following endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery.
 

Author(s): Ali Erdem Yildirim, Engin Dursun, Cagatay Ozdol, Denizhan Divanlioglu, Osman Arikan Nacar, Oguz Kara Koyun, Adil Ery Ilmaz, Ahmed Deniz Belen

Journal: Turk Neurosurg. 2013 ;23(6):736-41.

 

Postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak following endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery (EETS) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. This prospective study is the first evaluation of using autologous fibrin sealant for preventing postoperative CSF leak ...

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2013

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Intracranial hypotension headache caused by a massive cerebrospinal fluid leak successfully treated with a targeted c2 epidural blood patch: a case report.
 

Author(s): Kenneth T Sykes, Xiaobin Yi

Journal: Pain Physician. ;16(4):399-404.

 

Cervical epidural steroid injections, administered either interlaminarly or transforaminally, are common injection therapies used in many interventional pain management practices to treat cervicalgia or cervicobrachial pain secondary to spondylosis or intervertebral disc displacement ...

Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

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Incidence of Headache Following an Unintentional Dural Puncture
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Postdural Puncture Headache; Post-Lumbar Puncture Headache; Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks

 

Last Updated: 16 Apr 2014

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Effect of Acetazolamide & Position in CSF Leakage and Collection and Wound Dehiscence
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Tethered Cord Syndrome; Split Cord Malformation; Lipoma of Spinal Cord

 

Last Updated: 31 May 2013

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Efficacy of Tachosil as Dural Sealant Compared to Standard Treatment
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Subjects Scheduled for Supra-/Infratentorial Craniotomy

 

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2012

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