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Spinal Cord Leaks from Spur Removal?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Folks,

I'm about to under a 3rd Cervical Surgery to remove Osteophytes(Bone Spurs) from my Neck.

There is 1 prominent spur (or mass) located way high at C-2 and is protruding what appears to be into my spinal cord.

Dr. says that one challenge may be that when removed, the cord may spring a leak which can be patched, but may also require a spinal tube implanted at the lumbar region to control the pressure.

Has anyone ever heard of this or had experience with it?

Be Well !



  • I haven't had bone spur removal, but I can swear to how well blood patches work for spinal fluid leaks - the key is laying flat after any procedure that causes CSF leaks! I had a leak after a myelogram - you feel like your head is going to explode whenever you try to sit up or stand, then it gets better when you lie completely flat. A blood patch is where they take a couple vials of blood straight from your arm and inject it into the epidural space. Sounds like voodoo but it works like magic!
  • Yeah, I've a couple of Myelograms and the first one did leak and YES it was the worst pain/headache I ever had.
    But when a bone is removed and a leak occurs, it may be much more difficult to plug than a needle puncture.
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