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Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a cerebrospinal fluid leak?

A cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak happens when there is a tear in the membrane (dura) that contains the fluid. CSF surrounds and cushions your brain and spinal cord.

What puts me at risk for a CSF leak?

What are the symptoms of a CSF leak?

How is a CSF leak diagnosed?

How is a CSF leak treated?

Treatment will depend on the location and size of your leak.

How do I care for myself while I have a CSF leak?

In order to decrease pressure and allow your CSF leak to heal on its own, you will need to do the following:

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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