Intracranial Hypotension

Spontaneous intracranial hypotension is probably an under diagnosed cause of headache, even though its estimated to affect only about one in 50,000 individuals.

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Symptoms

The symptoms may include headache, neck stiffness and arm pain.

 

Causes and Risk Factors

The condition is usually caused by the leakage of cerebrospinal fluid. A combination of an underlying weakness of the spinal meninges and a more or less trivial traumatic event, such as riding a roller coaster or jet skiing, is often found to cause spontaneous intracranial hypotension.

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Diagnosis

Computerized tomography scanning (CT) is the most reliable method for finding out exactly where the leak is.

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Treatments

Treatment is usually done with surgery to patch the leak. The Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery is one of the leading medical centers where this procedure is done. The procedure is safe and generally successful.

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