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CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) Leak Repair is an ear surgery performed to repair a connection between the intracranial compartment and the ear. Causes for this leak can include a history of head/ear trauma, infection, or it may occur spontaneously. Patients may experience decreased hearing in the affected ear, headache, and occasionally a dripping/salty taste in their throat.
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, with a nerve monitor to monitor the facial nerve during the operation. Patients typically stay in the hospital at least one night after surgery.
The surgery is performed under a high-power microscope, as the structures being repaired are very small and delicate. Incisions are typically made behind the ear. Bone, cartilage, and fascia are common materials used to perform the repair.
After the procedure, your surgeon will provide you with information about postoperative care.
If you would like to learn more about this procedure, please contact the Kingston Ear InstituteTM to arrange a consultation.