Skip Navigation
the johns hopkins sinus center
johns hopkins medicine

HOME   |   OTOLARYNGOLOGY HOME   |   CONTACT US  |   MAPS & DIRECTIONS   |   REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT   |   FAQs   |    SEARCH

space
space
our teampatient informationsinus conditionssurgical proceduresallergypediatric sinusitusResearchresources
shadowshadow
left nav

Surgical Procedures

pipe
» Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
pipe
» Turbinate Reduction
pipe
» Surgical Septoplasty
pipe
» Revision Sinus Surgery
pipe
» Orbital Decompression
pipe
» CSF Leak Closure
pipe
» Tear Duct Surgery
pipe
» Sinuplasty
left nav
white
Sinus Center > Surgical Procedures > CSF Leak Closure
Print This Page
CSF Leak Closure
white

When breaks in the skull base and microscopic tears occur in the tissue surrounding the brain, called the dura, nasal CSF leaks can occur. This is a very serious condition, and these tears must be repaired. The Johns Hopkins Sinus Center is the regional referral center of choice for these delicate surgical repairs.

Benefits
Patients who have tears in their dura must have those leaks closed immediately in order to improve headaches and reduce the chance of meningitis.
 
Goals
The primary goal of the surgery is to repair the CSF leak. 

Surgical Treatment

  • CSF leak closure surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia.
  • Working endoscopically through the nose, our surgeons identify the leak and repair it using cartilage and other tissue from the ear and nose.
  • CSF leak closure surgery does not involve cutting through the skin, as it is performed entirely through the nostrils. Depending on the size of the leak most patients will have to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days after surgery.  Some patients may require a lumbar drain during that time that is removed prior to going home. Learn more about pre and post-operative care.
space
space
space
space

Baltimore Sinus Surgery and Sinus Treatments include
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Turbinate Reduction, Surgical Septoplasty, Revision Sinus Surgery, Orbital Decompression, CSF Leaks Closure, Tear Duct Surgery and Sinuplasty
.
Contact us regarding sinus treatment and sinus surgery options.

© 2014 Johns Hopkins Medicine, All Rights Reserved.