Intracranial hypotension is a condition in which there is low intracranial pressure as a result of excessive CSF drainage. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a colorless fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord and acts as a shock absorber. When the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid is reduced in circulation (due to a CSF leak in the dura), it causes intracranial hypotension. The patients suffering from this disorder experience severe positional headaches.
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The most common symptom of intracranial hypotension is a postural headache which is worse when standing up and gets better when you lie down. Other signs and symptoms include:
Symptoms like postural headaches may give an indication that you have intracranial hypotension. Your healthcare provider may conduct the following tests:
Some cases of intracranial hypotension are treated with non-invasive methods such as bed rest or another procedure called ‘Epidural Blood Patch.’ This procedure is used to seal the dural tear and prevent CSF fluid from leaking. If the condition does not respond to conservative measures, at least after two tries, your doctor may suggest surgery to treat the defect. Surgical options include:
At Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery, we have a team of doctors and neurosurgeons that uses a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and presents the safest and most effective surgical treatment for intracranial hypotension, dystonia, and other neurological disorders.
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If a patient with intracranial hypotension doesn’t get treatment on time, the intracranial hypotension pressure may cause brain injury leading to seizure, tumor, stroke, or even death.
Yes. Many people live a normal life with intracranial hypotension and don’t need surgery or any other treatment. However, obese people need to lose weight if they want to control intracranial.
If you’re suffering from Intracranial Hypotension, the headache will start within 15 minutes of assuming an upright position and be relieved within 15-30 minutes after lying down.