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Abstract

Objective:

Spontaneous spinal CSF leaks cause spontaneous intracranial hypotension but no systematic study of the different types of these CSF leaks has been reported. Based on our experience with spontaneous intracranial hypotension, we propose a classification system of spontaneous spinal CSF leaks.

Methods:

We reviewed the medical records, radiographic studies, operative notes, and any intraoperative photographs of a group of consecutive patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension.

Results:

The mean age of the 568 patients (373 [65.7%] women) was 45.7 years. Three types of CSF leak could be identified. Type 1 CSF leaks consisted of a dural tear (151 patients [26.6%]) and these were almost exclusively associated with an extradural CSF collection. Type 1a represented ventral CSF leaks (96%) and type 1b posterolateral CSF leaks (4%). Type 2 CSF leaks consisted of meningeal diverticula (240 patients [42.3%]) and were the source of an extradural CSF collection in 53 of these patients (22.1%). Type 2a represented simple diverticula (90.8%) and type 2b complex meningeal diverticula/dural ectasia (9.2%). Type 3 CSF leaks consisted of direct CSF-venous fistulas (14 patients [2.5%]) and these were not associated with extradural CSF collections. A total of 163 patients (28.7%) had an indeterminate type and extradural CSF collections were noted in 84 (51.5%) of these patients.

Conclusions:

We identified 3 types of spontaneous spinal CSF leak in this observational study: the dural tear, the meningeal diverticulum, and the CSF-venous fistula. These 3 types and the presence or absence of extradural CSF form the basis of a comprehensive classification system.

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Neurology®
Volume 87Number 7August 16, 2016
Pages: 673-679
PubMed: 27440149

Publication History

Received: February 3, 2016
Accepted: May 9, 2016
Published online: July 20, 2016
Published in print: August 16, 2016

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Wouter I. Schievink, MD
From the Departments of Neurosurgery (W.I.S., S.J.-P., M.N.) and Radiology (M.M.M., R.S.P., F.G.M.), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
Employment, Commercial Entity:
1.
NONE
Consultancies:
1.
NONE
Speakers' Bureaus:
1.
NONE
Other Activities:
1.
NONE
Clinical Procedures or Imaging Studies:
1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
Research Support, Academic Entities:
1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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M. Marcel Maya, MD
From the Departments of Neurosurgery (W.I.S., S.J.-P., M.N.) and Radiology (M.M.M., R.S.P., F.G.M.), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
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1.
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1.
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NONE
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NONE
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NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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Stacey Jean-Pierre, PA-C
From the Departments of Neurosurgery (W.I.S., S.J.-P., M.N.) and Radiology (M.M.M., R.S.P., F.G.M.), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
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NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
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Miriam Nuño, PhD
From the Departments of Neurosurgery (W.I.S., S.J.-P., M.N.) and Radiology (M.M.M., R.S.P., F.G.M.), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
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1.
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1.
NONE
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1.
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
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Ravi S. Prasad, MD
From the Departments of Neurosurgery (W.I.S., S.J.-P., M.N.) and Radiology (M.M.M., R.S.P., F.G.M.), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Disclosure
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1.
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NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
Employment, Commercial Entity:
1.
NONE
Consultancies:
1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
Clinical Procedures or Imaging Studies:
1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
Research Support, Government Entities:
1.
NONE
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1.
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Franklin G. Moser, MD, MMM
From the Departments of Neurosurgery (W.I.S., S.J.-P., M.N.) and Radiology (M.M.M., R.S.P., F.G.M.), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Disclosure
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NONE
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1.
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1.
NONE
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1.
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1.
NONE
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1.
NONE
Employment, Commercial Entity:
1.
NONE
Consultancies:
1.
NONE
Speakers' Bureaus:
1.
NONE
Other Activities:
1.
NONE
Clinical Procedures or Imaging Studies:
1.
NONE
Research Support, Commercial Entities:
1.
NONE
Research Support, Government Entities:
1.
NONE
Research Support, Academic Entities:
1.
NONE
Research Support, Foundations and Societies:
1.
NONE
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Notes

Correspondence to Dr. Schievink: [email protected]
Go to Neurology.org for full disclosures. Funding information and disclosures deemed relevant by the authors, if any, are provided at the end of the article.

Author Contributions

Wouter Schievink: drafting/revising the manuscript for content, including medical writing for content; study concept or design; analysis or interpretation of data; acquisition of data; statistical analysis; study supervision or coordination. M. Marcel Maya: drafting/revising the manuscript for content, including medical writing for content; study concept or design; analysis or interpretation of data; acquisition of data; statistical analysis; study supervision or coordination. Stacey Jean-Pierre: acquisition of data; study coordination. Miriam Nuño: analysis or interpretation of data; statistical analysis. Ravis S. Prasad: drafting/revising the manuscript for content, including medical writing for content; study concept or design; analysis or interpretation of data; acquisition of data; statistical analysis; study supervision or coordination. Franklin G. Moser: drafting/revising the manuscript for content, including medical writing for content; study concept or design; analysis or interpretation of data; acquisition of data; statistical analysis; study supervision or coordination.

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