2023 Intracranial Hypotension Conference

Date & Location
Saturday, July 8, 2023, 7:00 AM - Sunday, July 9, 2023, 5:00 PM
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort - Kohala Coast Hotel, Kohala Coast, HI

Target Audience
Specialties - Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family / General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Other, Pain Management, Radiology
Professions - Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Physician Assistant, Researcher (non-physician), Researcher (physician)

This two-day multidisciplinary activity on the topic of Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension (SIH), secondary to spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, brings together clinicians and researchers to share the latest advances in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of this under-diagnosed, disabling but treatable secondary headache disorder. While the course is designed for clinicians and researchers, patients and caregivers are welcome to attend either in-person or via live-streaming. Invited speakers include representatives from a range of subspecialties, including anesthesiology, neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and genetics. The topics will cover the variety of clinical presentations, differential diagnoses, complications, cranial and spinal imaging, percutaneous interventions and surgical approaches. The anatomy of the spontaneous leak types will be discussed, along with tailored imaging and treatment approaches. Iatrogenic leaks and related disorders will provide additional insights. There will be interactive discussions about diagnostic and treatment challenges, and opportunities for collaborative research. Join your colleagues in learning about important developments in the field and share your insights about priorities for the future.


  1. Recognize the range of clinical presentations of spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH).

  2. Describe the diagnostic criteria for spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH).

  3. List 5 serious complications of SIH.

  4. Recognize rebound intracranial hypertension.

  5. Discuss cranial imaging findings in spontaneous intracranial hypotension.

  6. Describe the different types of spinal CSF leaks.

  7. List current spinal imaging techniques.

  8. Outline an approach to patients with suspected SIH.

  9. Recognize the role of heritable disorders of connective tissue in SIH.

  10. Recognize the role of needle types in reducing the risk of post-dural puncture headache.

  11. Recognize iatrogenic intracranial hypotension secondary to surgical procedures.

  12. Describe current percutaneous treatments in SIH.

  13. List surgical approaches for different types of spinal CSF leaks.

  14. Describe endovascular and shunting procedures for idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

  15. Describe imaging findings of syringomyelia.

  16. Discuss diagnostic and treatment challenges.

  17. Encourage participation by clinicians and patients in SIH research.