DOI: 10.1177/15910199231222672 ISSN: 1591-0199

A technique to localize posteriorly located spinal dural leaks associated with spontaneous intracranial hypotension: Dorsal-decubitus dynamic CT myelography

Federico Cagnazzo, Răzvan Alexandru Radu, Francesca Rapido, Julien Fendeleur, Mahmoud Charif, Lucas Corti, Nicolas Lonjon, Anne Ducros, Vincent Costalat
  • General Medicine


Precise localization and understanding of the origin of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak is crucial to allow targeted treatment. We report the technical feasibility and utility of dorsal-decubitus dynamic computed tomography (DDDCT) myelography to localize posteriorly located dural defects in patients with suspicion of posterolateral dural tears.


This study reports a series of four consecutive patients with posteriorly located SLEC and suspicion of posterolateral CSF leak who received DDDCT to localize the site of the leak. Patients were collected between October 2022 and October 2023. The technique of DDDCT and its efficacy to detect the site of CSF leak are reported.


In all four patients (three females, one male, mean age 39 years), DDDCT myelography was technically successful and precisely demonstrated the site of the CSF leak. In one patient with both anterior and posterior SLEC, DDDCT allowed to exclude the presence of a posteriorly located leak, while a subsequent ventral decubitus dynamic CT myelography localized the leak. Leak sites were all thoracic, except for one that was cervical. Information obtained from the DDDCT myelography was considered useful to target the treatment of the leak.


Based on our experience, DDDCT provided sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to pinpoint fast CSF leaks and it may be considered to localize posterolateral dural defects.

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