Cedars-Sinai offers a complete range of tests and therapies for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, helping many people make a full recovery. A CSF leak is a small tear of the lining (dura) at the spinal cord or brain. This tear causes cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions your brain, to escape. You may experience severe positional headaches, which are headaches that worsen when you stand up.

At Cedars-Sinai, our doctors have years of experience treating all forms of CSF leak. Patients from around the world seek our expertise. Our research has led to discoveries that are helping people receive better care.

Conditions We Treat

We treat and provide specialized care for:

  • Brain sagging
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • Cerebrospinal fluid-venous fistula
  • Chiari malformation
  • Craniospinal hypotension
  • Intracranial hypotension
  • Spinal cord herniation
  • Superficial siderosis
  • Tarlov cyst

A Patient's Guide to CSF Leaks

We use a variety of tests to confirm or rule out a CSF leak. You have access to sophisticated options that enable us to detect subtle signs that are easy to miss.

We put an end to CSF leak symptoms with care that is tailored to your needs. Our offerings include every available treatment option.

If you have a CSF leak, it's natural to have questions. We provide the information you need so you can know what to expect through all steps of your care journey.

Clinical Trials & Research

Our doctors are raising the bar for CSF leaks and other neurological conditions through research. Get more information about our efforts, including clinical trials testing new care methods.

Medical Professionals & Postgraduates

The Neurology and Neurosurgery departments offer several programs for graduate studies, continuing medical education and other professional opportunities.

An Uncommon Cold: Runny Nose and Headaches Signaled Rare Disease

After months of dealing with doctors who dismissed her symptoms and concerns, Lisa finally got the right diagnosis—and relief—at Cedars-Sinai.

Treating a Mysterious CSF-venous fistula

Brianna Cardenas is living a more mindful and purposeful life despite CSF Leak. "There are a lot of people who suffer with this on and off their whole lives, and I want them to know that they can still have a life even if they aren't cured."

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