What Causes Fluid on the Spine?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 11:55:40 PM ET

As of 2015, experts are not sure what exactly causes fluid on the spine, according to Mayo Clinic. However, conditions that can lead to it include meningitis, a tumor on the spinal cord, an injury to the spinal cord and congenital conditions such as a tethered spinal cord, where the spinal cord is attached to abnormal tissue.