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Leaking Brain Fluid Linked to Pilates Class

By    |   Monday, 16 February 2015 01:09 PM

A woman with persistent headaches was found have leaking brain fluid that has been tied to a Pilates class.
The case, published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, involved a 42-year-old British woman whose persistent, worsening headache was only alleviated when she reclined. Although doctors never identified the exact location of the leak, the patient improved after a few weeks of bed rest and pain relievers, Fox News reports. 
Cerebrospinal fluid is a clear liquid that flows between the brain and its outer covering, and between the spinal cord and its outer covering. It cushions the brain and spinal cord and helps clear metabolic waste from the brain.
But leaks can sometimes occur, said Amber Luong, M.D., an otolaryngologist at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.
"The most common cause [of such leaks is] trauma, like a car accident," Luong told the LiveScience Website.
In the new case, the British woman first reported symptoms after a Pilates Reformer class, in which participants do stretching and resistance exercises on a platform machine with straps and ropes.
During one maneuver, she felt a strange pop on the left side of her neck. About an hour later, she developed a headache that got better only when she was lying down, according to the case report.
After numerous doctors' visits over the next four weeks, a computed tomography (CT) scan revealed blood pooling in two spots outside her brain. A follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan showed pockets of fluid outside the spine.
The two scans suggested the woman had a tear in the lining of her spinal cord in her neck that was causing the fluid to leak out. The woman recovered and was discharged from the hospital after two weeks.

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