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Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

CEREBROSPINAL FLUID (CSF) LEAK occurs when CSF escapes through a small tear or hole in the outermost layer of connective tissue (called the Dura mater) that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and holds in the CSF. The tear and hole allow CSF to leak. The loss of CSF causes the previously cushioned brain to sag inside the skull, which results in a headache.
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Overview

CEREBROSPINAL FLUID (CSF) – CSF is a clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It cushions the brain and spinal cord from injury and also serves as a nutrient delivery and waste removal system of the brain. It is manufactured continuously in areas of the brain called ventricles and absorbed by the bloodstream.

CEREBROSPINAL FLUID (CSF) LEAK – CSF leak occurs when CSF escapes through a small tear or hole in the outermost layer of connective tissue (called the Dura mater) that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and holds in the CSF. The tear and hole allow CSF to leak.

The loss of CSF causes the previously cushioned brain to sag inside the skull, which results in a headache. Loss of fluid also causes a lowering of pressure within the skull, a condition known as intracranial hypotension.

Symptoms

  • Headache, which feels worse when sitting up or standing
  • Vision changes (blurred vision, double vision, or visual field changes)
  • Hearing changes/ringing in ears
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Balance problems
  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Arm pain
  • Loss of smell
  • Salty or metallic taste in mouth
  • Drainage down back of throat

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