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Keywords:

  • Orthostatic headache;
  • spontaneous intracranial hypotension;
  • bony osteophyte

The syndrome of orthostatic (low pressure) headaches is well described and most commonly occurs following deliberate violation of the dura (e.g. lumbar puncture). This syndrome can also occur spontaneously and results from the leakage of CSF. We describe three patients who suffered from spontaneous CSF leaks secondary to bony pathology of the cervical spine, and propose that this may be a more common aetiology than originally thought. Often these patients are difficult to manage medically, and surgery may be necessary for symptomatic relief.