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Consult tremendously skilled Dr GVK Chaitanya Rao – Best CSF Leak Repair Surgeon in Hyderabad

A cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak occurs when the watery liquid surrounding one’s brain and spinal cord escapes through his / her ears, nose, or into the spinal canal. Cerebrospinal fluid plays a vital role in one’s functioning of the brain by continuously circulating through its hollow chambers, providing nourishment, removing toxins, and offering protective cushioning. This fluid is contained and protected by a series of membranes called the meninges, which enclose the brain and spinal cord. In cases of CSF leaks, repair surgery becomes necessary to restore one’s health and ensure the proper functioning of the central nervous system.

Dr Chaitanya Rao is an excellent ENT specialist with a diligent attribute of utmost care and compassion towards his patients. He strives to deliver his patients with supreme quality of treatment.

Dr G V K Chaitanya Rao is not only the Best CSF Leak Repair Surgeon in Hyderabad, but he is also the Best ENT Doctor in Hyderabad. His areas of expertise include Nose & Sinus surgeries, Otology, Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgeries.

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About Dr. G V K Chaitanya Rao

Dr Chaitanya Rao is a member of the esteemed American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and European Rhinologic Society (ERS). With his 10+ years of extensive experience in the domain of ENT, he has a learning approach towards the field. Dr Chaitanya Rao is a true believer of the fact that a doctor needs to keep on updating or upskilling his knowledge round the clock in order to serve the patients with more competence. He advocates his belief by tutoring other ENT specialists through Hyderabad ENT Research Foundation and so far has imparted knowledge to more than 3000 ENT surgeons.

Dr Chaitanya Rao is not only the Best ENT Doctor in Hyderabad but also is the Best Sinus Specialist in India. His areas of expertise include Nose & Sinus surgeries, Otology, Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgeries.

CSF leak repair surgery is a specialized procedure aimed at addressing the consequences of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks. One’s brain is encased in a protective lining known as the dura, situated in close proximity to his / her nose and sinuses, separated only by a delicate bone. Any disruption in this bone-dura barrier can result in a CSF leak, causing the fluid to escape through the ears, nose, or into the spinal canal.

A CSF leak becomes apparent when clear fluid starts flowing from the nose or down the back of the throat. It can occur due to various factors, including head injuries, complications from sinus or brain surgeries, or the removal of tumors within the sinuses. Swift detection and treatment of CSF leakage are vital to prevent the development of meningitis, an infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain.

CSF leak repair surgery is essential in restoring the integrity of the bone-dura barrier and preventing further leakage. By addressing the underlying cause of the leak and repairing the affected area, this surgical intervention aims to safeguard the central nervous system and ensure one’s well-being.

Consult an ENT specialist if:

  • One has constant runny nose
  • One has discharge from the ears
  • One has headache that aggravates when the head is upright
  • One has a head injury
  • One had a recent epidural
  • One had a brain surgery
  • One had a spinal cord surgery

A doctor will suggest a surgery only if:

  • A CSF leak that does not improve with conservative treatment
  • A severe CSF leak that is unlikely to heal on its own
  • Blood clotting in the brain or spinal cord
  • Herniated brain tissue that pushes into the ears or nose
  • Meningitis

Why Dr. G V K Chaitanya Rao

Dr GVK Chaitanya Rao has been actively engaged in serving his patients as the Managing Director at Dr Rao’s ENT Group of Hospitals. Amid his Post – Graduation days, Dr Chaitanya Rao was invited as a visiting physician to House Institute of Medical Sciences, Los Angeles; Rhinology and Anterior skull base unit, Ohio State University Medical Centre, Columbus, Ohio and University of Michigan from where he acquired his knowledge. He is among the very few Indian ENT specialists who have undergone training in Advanced Sinus Surgery at IRCAD Taiwan. Besides this he is the humble recipient of the distinguished Vaidya Vibhushan Award 2019, awarded by Telangana State Government.

CSF Leak Repair Surgery FAQs

There are mainly two different types of CSF leak:

  • Spinal CSF Leaks – It occurs anywhere in the spinal column.
  • Cranial CSF Leaks – It occurs in the skull.

The symptoms are:

  • Headaches
  • Neck or shoulder ache
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Changes in hearing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Changes in vision
  • Changes in cognition or behavior

The symptoms are:

  • Clear liquid discharge from the nose or ear (on one side)
  • Hearing impairment
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Meningitis

The recommended tests for diagnosing CSF leak are:

  • Analysis of the nasal fluid
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Cisternogram – CT or nuclear medicine
  • Pledget study
  • Myelogram scan

The complications which can arise with or because of CSF leak are:

  • Lost sense of smell (anosmia)
  • Indistinct or double vision (diplopia)
  • Changes in hearing
  • Hearing loss
  • Pulsatile tinnitus (sounds from inside the ear)
  • Seizures
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Photophobia
  • Balance and gait problems

The complications related to chronic adenoiditis are:

  • Ear infections
  • Glue ear (middle ear infection)
  • Sinusitis
  • Infections of the chest

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Ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists or otolaryngologists are doctors who treat or perform medical surgeries related to ear, nose and throat as well as head and neck areas.

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