Spontaneous intracranial hypotension: report of four cases and review of the literature

Neuroradiology. 1998 Oct;40(10):636-43. doi: 10.1007/s002340050655.


Spontaneous intracranial hypotension is an unusual syndrome of postural headache and low cerebrospinal fluid pressure without an established cause. We present four cases, analyze those previously reported in the literature, examine the MRI, CT, angiographic and cisternographic finding and discuss the clinical picture, proposed pathophysiologic mechanisms and potential treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / pathology
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Hypotension / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed