Objective: To investigate the sensitivity of MRI of the spine compared with CT myelography (CTM) in detecting CSF leaks. Methods: Between July 1998 and October 2010, 12 patients with orthostatic headache and a CTM-confirmed spinal CSF leak underwent an MRI of the spinewith and without contrast. Using CTM as the gold standard, we retrospectively investigated the sensitivity of spinal MRI in detecting a CSF leak. Results: Eleven of 12 patients with a CSF leak documented by CTM also had extradural fluid collections on spinal MRI (sensitivity 91.7%). Six patients with extradural fluid collections on spinal MRI also had spinal dural enhancement. Conclusion: When compared with the gold standard of CTM, MRI of the spine appears to be a sensitive and less invasive imaging modality for detecting a spinal CSF leak, suggesting that MRI of the spine should be the imaging modality of first choice for the detection of spinal CSF leaks.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Nov 12 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology