A cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak occurs when the outer membrane of the spinal cord, the dura mater, has developed a tiny hole or small tear, allowing spinal fluid to leak out. The leaking fluid is not replaced quickly enough by the body, causing a change in the level of fluid supporting the brain. The resulting pain can be the underlying cause of chronic headaches that affect daily life. A Spinal CSF leak may be diagnosed after a surgical procedure requiring an epidural or spinal tap, but the condition is often under-diagnosed when there are no related concerns. Also commonly called “an upright headache”, many patients experience symptoms when standing upright. Symptoms can also include nausea, dizziness and increased sensitivity to light or noise. A CSF leak can be misdiagnosed as a migraine because of similar symptoms. Although it rarely leads to life-threatening complications, most patients feel that their quality of life is greatly compromised, with some experiencing excruciating pain upon standing or moving around.

Unfortunately, current treatment options have proven to provide only temporary relief for the majority of patients. Many endure repeated treatments to manage symptoms without lasting results. Innovative therapy has been used to treat CSF leak with success, allowing patients to experience permanent relief from debilitating pain as the body’s natural healing process is supported through paste injections. For patients with a CSF leak, the newly injected cells improve blood flow and enable the natural healing process to create a fibrin patch that will block the leak. This facilitated natural process can offer patients a lasting, permanent result and the hope for a future with less or no pain.

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Dr. Malan is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the use of innovative therapies to treat inflammatory-related and chronic disease. He has worked with leading physicians around the globe and offers patients the opportunity to explore these currently experimental therapies in our Scottsdale, AZ medical facility.

We welcome patients from local areas and from around the world to our state of the art facility located in beautiful, sunny Scottsdale, AZ. To schedule a consultation visit or to coordinate a video consultation, contact us at (480) 485-6720. We offer confidential, consultative care for patients who are seeking an alternative treatment for a range of chronic conditions affecting their quality of life.