Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
Cedars-Sinai offers a complete range of tests and therapies for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, helping many people make a full recovery. A CSF leak is a small tear of the lining (dura) at the spinal cord or brain. This tear causes cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions your brain, to escape. You may experience severe positional headaches, which are headaches that worsen when you stand up.
At Cedars-Sinai, our doctors have years of experience treating all forms of CSF leak. Patients from around the world seek our expertise. Our research has led to discoveries that are helping people receive better care.
Conditions We Treat
We treat and provide specialized care for:
- Brain sagging
- Cerebrospinal fluid leak
- Cerebrospinal fluid-venous fistula
- Chiari malformation
- Craniospinal hypotension
- Intracranial hypotension
- Spinal cord herniation
- Superficial siderosis
- Tarlov cyst
A Patient's Guide to CSF Leaks
An Uncommon Cold: Runny Nose and Headaches Signaled Rare Disease
After months of dealing with doctors who dismissed her symptoms and concerns, Lisa finally got the right diagnosis—and relief—at Cedars-Sinai.
Treating a Mysterious CSF-venous fistula
Brianna Cardenas is living a more mindful and purposeful life despite CSF Leak. "There are a lot of people who suffer with this on and off their whole lives, and I want them to know that they can still have a life even if they aren't cured."