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How accurate is a cisternogram?

How accurate is a cisternogram?

High-resolution CT was accurate in 93% of patients, whereas MR cisternography was accurate in 89% of patients. The combination of high-resolution CT and MR cisternography was accurate in 96% of patients.

What does a cisternogram show?

The test is performed to detect problems with flow of spinal fluid and spinal fluid leaks. In some cases, there may be a concern the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fluid is leaking after a trauma to the head or a surgery in the head. This test will be done to diagnose the leak.

How long does a CT cisternogram take?

The scan takes about 30-60 minutes. You will be scheduled for serial scans starting about 24 hours, 48 hours and possibly 72 hours after your initial scan. If you had pledgets placed, they will be removed at the 24-hour scan.

What are Pledgets for cisternogram?

This test is used to diagnose a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. It can be ordered with pledgets (for CSF leaks of the head) or without (for spinal leaks or normal-pressure hydrocephalus). Patients: Please do not eat or drink anything for eight hours before this study.

How much does a cisternogram cost?

On MDsave, the cost of a Cisternogram for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) ranges from $561 to $1,107. Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can save when they buy their procedure upfront through MDsave.

What radiopharmaceutical is used for a cisternogram?

The patient’s spinal fluid is injected with a radiopharmaceutical tracer, such as DTPA tagged with indium 111, through a lumbar puncture (spinal tap)….

Radionuclide cisternogram
Purpose determine if there is abnormal CSF flow within the brain

What Colour is brain fluid?

Color of the fluid—normal is clear and colorless. Changes in the color of the CSF are not diagnostic but may point to additional substances in the fluid. Yellow, orange, or pink CSF may indicate the breakdown of blood cells due to bleeding into the CSF or the presence of bilirubin.

Can a CSF leak cause memory loss?

Numerous authors have reported on impaired cognition in patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension secondary to spinal CSF leaks. The effects on cognition can range from subtle to severe. There are reported cases of severe impairment mimicking dementia.

Can you taste brain fluid?

The classic presentation of CSF leaks is the expression of clear, watery drainage from the nose. This occurs usually on one side; however if fluid drains into the back of the throat there may be a salty taste.

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