A combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and radionuclide cisternography are typically used to locate a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. However, the site of leakage cannot be determined, making treatment more difficult. Therefore, more sensitive imaging tools are needed. A whole-body [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/MRI was conducted on six patients with suspected CSF leak and the resulting images were reviewed in comparison with those from six healthy controls. Paraspinal regions of focally increased uptake of [18F]FDG were quantified using maximum standardized uptake values (SUVmax) and compared to the SUVmax of corresponding regions in the healthy controls. All six patients with suspected CSF leak showed paraspinal regions of significantly greater [18F]FDG uptake compared to the corresponding areas in controls (P?
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