The utility of radioisotope cisternography in low CSF/volume syndromes compared to myelography

Teshamae S. Monteith, Stephen F. Kralik, William P. Dillon, Randall A. Hawkins, Peter J. Goadsby

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Objective The objective of this report is to compare computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) myelography with radioisotope cisternography (RC) for detection of spinal cerebrospinal (CSF) leaks. Methods We retrospectively reviewed 12 spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) patients; CT and RC were performed simultaneously. Three patients had MR myelography. Results CT and/or MR myelography identified CSF leaks in four of 12 patients. RC detected spinal leaks in all three patients confirmed by CT myelography; RC identified the CSF leak location in two of three cases, and these were due to osteophytic spicules and/or discs. RC showed only enlarged perineural activity. Only intrathecal gadolinium MR myelography clearly identified a slow leak from a perineural cyst. In eight remaining cases, the leak site was unknown; however, two of these showed indirect signs of CSF leak on RC. CSF slow leaks from perineural cysts were the most common presumed etiology; and the cysts were best visualized on myelography. Conclusion RC is comparable to CT myelography but has spatial limitations and should be limited to atypical cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1291-1295
Number of pages5
Issue number13
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • CSF leaks
  • Spontaneous intracranial hypotension
  • diagnostic
  • low pressure headache syndrome
  • myelography
  • radioisotope cisternography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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