Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak from an anomalous thoracic nerve root: case report

Lopez, A. J.; Campbell, R. K.; Arnaout, O.; Curran, Y. M.; Shaibani, A.; Dahdaleh, N. S.

J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Jul 2; 25(6):685-688

Abstract

The authors report the case of a 28-year-old woman with a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak from the sleeve of a redundant thoracic nerve root. She presented with postural headaches and orthostatic symptoms indicative of intracranial hypotension. CT myelography revealed that the lesion was located at the T-11 nerve root. After failure of conservative management, including blood patches and thrombin glue injections, the patient was successfully treated with surgical decompression and ligation of the duplicate nerve, resulting in full resolution of her orthostatic symptoms.

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