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Q: What's the treatment for spinal fluid leak

What's the treatment for spinal fluid leak? Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

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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.

Here are some links that might be helpful to you and you're dealing with these issues:

Understanding Back Pain and Sciatica

Spinal Stentosis

Disc Herniation: What is It?

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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By ammo284, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/20/14, First Published: 06/24/08