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    June 24, 2008
    Treatment for spinal fluid leak?
    ammo284 ammo284
    June 24, 2008

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

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    June 24, 2008
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    June 24, 2008

    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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