The CSF Nasal Procedure
There should be an alternative to most everything and the well known lumbar puncture or spinal tap should also have it's options. Cerebrospinal fluid can be accessed through the bone in the sinuses of your nose and the dura(lining) of the brain. CSF fluid can actually leak through the nose and into the throat. By using methods of nasal, sinus and rhinologist endoscopic procedures, surgeons can access CSF fluid through the nose via a tiny puncture in order to extract the cerebrospinal fluid from your nose. Once the CSF fluid has been removed, cartilage, bone and membrane can be used to repair the tiny puncture by being used as a graft over the puncture so that there is no leak of CSF fluid afterwards of surgery and that CSF fluid remains to surround the brain and spine and that it does not interfere with the sinuses. Saline solutions can be used to cleanse the nose afterwards of surgery and or treatment. The CSF nasal procedure can also be used to inject medications into the cerebrospinal fluid as well. The CSF Nasal procedure is minimally invasive and would probably take less recovery time. Don't want to undergo a painful lumbar puncture- consider the CSF Nasal Procedure. Surgery is never bunch of roses, but this one may smell a lot nicer!