Postponed – Headache: The Highs & Lows of CSF Pressure Problems

Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel - Raleigh, North Carolina


We are cancelling the meeting “The Highs and Lows of CSF Pressure” for the weekend of the 20th. The COVID-19 virus is a rapidly moving event, many institutions are restricting travel and although we have had no cancellations, with growth of cases around the country we felt it was the most prudent course of action to postpone and reschedule the conference.  Check back for updates on the prospective date and time. 


This is a one and a half day course on CSF pressure problems as a secondary cause of headache, including intracranial hypotension and hypertension.  It is intended to inform local neurologists, headache specialists, and other health care professionals including neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, neuroradiologists, and pain management physicians about the varied presentations and the current state of diagnosis and treatment for disorders resulting from CSF pressure problems.  In particular, these disorders can present as migraine, chronic migraine, new daily persistent headache, spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH), idiopathic intracranial hypertension, Chiari I malformations and intracranial hypertension as a complication of CSF leak treatment.  SIH can also be iatrogenic status post lumbar punctures, epidural catheter placement and epidural injections.

Day 1 of this course will incorporate SIH, its clinical presentation, association with connective tissue disorders and POTS, MR imaging findings, the workup for detecting leaks and the types of leaks to look for.  The approach to the diagnosis with CT guided lumbar puncture, myelograms, and minimally invasive techniques including fibrin glue and blood patching as well as surgical intervention will be discussed.

Day 2 of the course will discuss intracranial hypertension.  Intracranial hypertension is the opposite side of the same coin as intracranial hypotension and can present as positional headache but also as chronic daily migraine.  Its clinical presentation, imaging findings, medical treatment and venous stenting will be discussed.

Invited speakers include experts in neuroradiology, neurology-ophthalmology, internal medicine, headache, orthopedic surgery, and neurosurgery. Many cases will be presented throughout the discussions.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1) describe the clinical presentation, imaging manifestations of high and low CSF pressure disorders

2) present the current state of minimally and surgical treatment of CSF low pressure disorders

3) present the current treatment, medical and invasive treatments for high pressure CSF disorders

In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.



Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development designates this activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing CE: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for up to 10 credit hours for nurses. Nurses should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Technologist CE:  The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has approved this meeting for 11.25 hours of CE for radiologic technologists.

For more information contact:

Debbie Griffin
Department of Radiology
Duke University Medical Center