Wednesday, January 2, 2008

CSF Leak! ::::: Questions, Anyone?

What drains from your nose isn't just blood or mucus. It's CSF!

Are you having severe headaches, horizontal diplopia, change in hearing, tinnitus, blurring of vision, facial numbness or upper limb radicular symptoms (tingling)? You may be having CSF leakage. CSF leaks occur at the level of the spine especially the thoracic and cervicothoracic junction. They may be caused by overdraining CSF shunts or they follow spinal surgery, weaknesses in the roof of the middle ear or nasal trauma or surgery. (Click here or here for more information.)

Depending on the location, CSF leaks have different cool names: CSF rhinorrhea, CSF otorrhea or Spinal CSF leak, among others.


I can see that you are having nasal discharges. It might be CSF so I guess I'll stop here. Let me just introduce you to the newest section in NurseKnowledge: CSF LEAK!

In this section, we'll tackle the hardest facts and issues in Nursing and its allied fields and hopefully, it will help all student nurses, nurses, and other health professionals alike.

In the first series of CSF LEAK!, NurseKnowledge will tackle one of the most difficult challenges of students and professionals alike: Interview Questions.

PS: Beta-2-Transferrin is a carbohydrate-free (desialated) isoform of transferrin and it is almost only found in CSF. It is a specific marker for CSF leak. It cannot be found in blood, mucus or tears. Glucose and protein determination also aid in the diagnosis of CSF leak. Chiching!

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