Rapid spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak detected in the gastrointestinal tract.

Hong Yun Ma, Papia Sen, Evan G. Stein, Leonard M. Freeman

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There are many causes of cerebrospinal (CSF) leaks. Most cases are secondary to blunt trauma and iatrogenic trauma caused by postoperative sequelae. Occasionally, CSF leakage may occur from nontraumatic or "spontaneous" causes, such as benign intracranial hypertension and "empty sella syndrome." Mass effect due to an encephalocele or meningocele may also be seen. Radionuclide cisternography is a sensitive method of determining CSF leak when combined with intranasal cotton pledget placement and analysis. We present a spontaneous CSF fluid leak that was detected when scintigraphic activity appeared first in the gastrointestinal tract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-199
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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