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A 36-year-old female asked:

When i'm congested on one side of the nose, i get watery drips that come out of the nostril thats not mucus. could it be csf? had sinus surgery 1 yr.

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Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 53 years experience
Very unlikely: I it is CSF leakage due to the surgery(CSF rhinorrhea) it would have occurred after the surgery not a year later.It sounds like it is part of your congestion. Have your doctor check you if you are still having dripping when not congested. Best wishes.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Need more info: See your surgeon who can test for this easily. What type of sinus surgery did you have? Any complications following surgery? Do you have any ongoing headaches? What makes you suspect CSF leakage? Most people undergoing sinus surgery don't have many complications involving CSF leakages, unless you had a complex surgery involving your sphenoidal, frontal or ethmoid sinuses close to the brain.

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