Headaches and Spinal Fluid Leaks – An Emerging Problem

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The Mayo Clinic has published an interesting overview of CSF leaks in its September 2017 edition of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, entitled ‘Headaches and Spinal Fluid Leaks – An Emerging Problem’.

“You’ve had headaches for years. You usually start the day fine, but by lunchtime, the pressure-like pain has begun and is growing in intensity. You’ve sought out plenty of treatment options, but nothing has truly helped. At this point, you’re trying to live with the pain as best you can by taking medications and reducing stress.

CSF Leak Association - Mayo Clinic Newsletter Sept 2017Headaches come in a variety of types — such as migraine, tension or cluster headaches — with a variety of characteristics. A lesser known cause of headache pain occurs with low levels of cerebrospinal fluid — a fluid that surrounds, cushions and protects the brain and spinal cord. Low fluid levels can be caused by a temporary leak that occurs when the membrane holding the fluid (dura) is punctured, such as after a lumbar puncture, during surgery or with an epidural injection to numb part of the body.

But cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks also can occur spontaneously, typically along the spinal column, and aren’t always temporary…”

You can download a copy of the article and read the full text by clicking below:

Mayo Clinic Health Letter - Vol.35 No.9 (Sept 2017)