Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks are extracranial egress of CSF into the adjacent paranasal sinus or tympanomastoid cavity due to an osteodural defect involving skull base. It can be due to a multitude of causes including accidental or iatrogenic trauma, congenital malformations and spontaneous leaks. Accurate localization of the site of the leak, underlying causes and appropriate therapy is necessary to avoid associated complications. In this paper relevant anatomy, clinical diagnosis, imaging modalities and associated findings are discussed along with a brief mention about management.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, Cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea, Cisternography, Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, Encephalocele