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Q: What's the treatment for spinal fluid leak

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6/24/08 5:21pm

Some procedures like epidurals have a risk of causing a spinal fluid leak. Spinal fluid slowly leaks out of the hole left from the needle used for the spinal tap. Spinal headaches, nausea, and dizziness can result from such a complication.

 

Normally the hole will repair itself within 24 hours if you lie down and stay hydrated, but sometimes a "plug" is needed. This fix is called a "blood patch" because blood is used to patch the hole and fix the leak.

 

Always call your doctor if you are experiencing complications from a procedure.

 

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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By ammo284, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/06/13, First Published: 06/24/08