Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension with Magnetic Resonance Localisation of Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

Yahya H. Al-Brashdi, Sameer Raniga, Sharma R. Revati


To increase the awareness of spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH), we report in this paper a middle-aged woman who presented with an intractable headache that worsened in sitting and standing positions (a postural headache). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine demonstrated a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak at the level of the cervical spine, in addition to typical features in a brain MRI, including symmetrical subdural collections, circumferential dural enhancement and features of midbrain sagging. The patient underwent a surgical repair of the cervical CSF leak which resulted in a dramatic symptomatic improvement that was confirmed by follow-up imaging.


Hypotension, spontaneous intracranial; Cerebrospinal Fluid; Hematoma, subdural; Case Report; Oman.

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