Special MRI Techniques to Suss out Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks

Ernest Yushvayev, Bradley N. Delman, Claudia F.E. Kirsch

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AbstractAnterior skull base cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistulas result from skull base osteodural defects, allowing subarachnoid space CSF to escape into pneumatized cavities such as the paranasal sinuses and nasal fossa. Precise localization, characterization, and effective treatment of CSF leaks is essential to prevent meningitis, treatment failure, or recurrence. Advances in magnetic resonance imaging have improved radiologists' ability to localize and characterize anterior skull base CSF fistulas. This article reviews new imaging techniques enabling diagnostic location of CSF fistulas, with an emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging-based techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalTopics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • cerebrospinal fluid fistula
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • cisternogram
  • skull base


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