Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak

The CSF Leak Program at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery provides highly specialized care to patients struggling with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. In severe cases, this hard-to-identify condition can lead to debilitating positional headaches due to intracranial hypotension. Led by CSF leak and intracranial hypotension expert, Wouter I. Schievink, MD, the program is dedicated to advancing diagnostic techniques and perfecting treatment options.

Wouter I. Schievink, MD, discusses symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for patients.

Online patient forum provides platform for program director to share his extensive knowledge with those who need it most.

Wouter I. Schievink, MD, Director, Cedars-Sinai CSF Leak Program

Wouter I. Schievink, MD

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When Lisa Simmons woke up with the sniffles on a gray day in 2017, she wasn't alarmed. It was November in Washington. A cold was nothing unusual. A week later, she felt better. Then her nose started running again.