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A A Case Rep. 2015 Jan 1;4(1):8-11. doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000105.

Spontaneous intracranial hypotension syndrome treated with fludrocortisone.

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From the *Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, American University of Beirut- Medical Center, Riad El-Solh, Beirut, Lebanon; and †Department of Neurology, American University of Beirut- Medical Center, Riad El-Solh, Beirut, Lebanon.


Spontaneous intracranial hypotension is a rare syndrome characterized by orthostatic headache not associated with trauma or dural puncture. In most cases, it is caused by a spontaneous spinal cerebrospinal fluid leakage as demonstrated by neuroradiological studies. The standard of care consists of conservative treatment including bed rest, hydration, and administration of caffeine or glucocorticoids. When such conservative therapy fails, an epidural blood patch is recommended. In this report, we describe the treatment of 2 patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension who failed conservative treatment and went on to have complete and sustained resolution of their symptoms after the administration of oral fludrocortisone.

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