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What can cause a cerebral fluid leak in the nose?

What can cause a cerebral fluid leak in the nose?

Skull base defect: You need to see an otolaryngologist. You may need a ct scan and MRI scan. An audiogram may be ordered. The leakage can come from the skull base around the nose or the ear. This can be due to trauma, an encephalocele, prior surgery, etc. An untreated leak can cause meningitis. Read more

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My husband hit his face about a month ago. He has a very watery nasal discharge, but also has allergy symptoms. Should we worry about brain fluid leak?

My husband hit his face about a month ago. He has a very watery nasal discharge, but also has allergy symptoms. Should we worry about brain fluid leak?

Yes: Ask your doctor to check for glucose in his nasal secretion. If positive, then you need to find out where the leak is coming from (most likely from the area of the skull next to the nose). Don't delay. Read more

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"Short fluid level in the maxillary sinus" on CT of brain. Could this point to a CSF leak? I had chronic post nasal drip and sinus issues for years.

"Short fluid level in the maxillary sinus" on CT of brain. Could this point to a CSF leak? I had chronic post nasal drip and sinus issues for years.

Much more likely: That your chronic inflammation of the sinus has blocked drainage & caused mucus to be retained in your maxillary sinuses. Seek evaluation by an ENT specialist. This would not necessarily explain your unwanted weight loss, especially if the fluid is not chronically infected. Read more

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Is it true if you're bleeding in brain it can then leak down and come out your nose and never stop?

Is it true if you're bleeding in brain it can then leak down and come out your nose and never stop?

Not Exactly: You can have a bleed into your head and you can also have a tear in the dura around the brain which can leak out your nose. This is a very rare and unusual situation. It is also true that this can be very difficult to fix when you have leakage of cerebrospinal fluid out your nose. You should go to an emergency room immediately if this should happen. Read more

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Can insects enter the brain through the nose??

Can insects enter the brain through the nose??

Insects in the nose.: Yes and so can some amoeba. But insects would be very unlikely. If you are watching TV where ants go into the brain the only way this can happen would be for you to buried to you neck and have honey poured over your head next to an ant hill. Or you get attacked by army ants. Read more

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Could a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Could a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Yes: Leaks from the nose or ear are fairly common after head trauma or surgical mishaps. They are often missed until a clever physician tests the fluid for glucose using a reagent test strip. Spinal fluid leaks after a lumbar puncture are troublesome. Read more

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Might it be that a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Might it be that a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Yes: Most commonly happens after spinal tap. Usually resolves by itself. Read more

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I get watery leakage from my nose sometimes it comes all of a sudden it's like tears, colourless. Could this be brain fluid or something else?

I get watery leakage from my nose sometimes it comes all of a sudden it's like tears, colourless. Could this be brain fluid or something else?

????: Thin salt tasting fluid can be "brain fluid" however, if this is your concern, then I would not delay in seeing your doctor soon. Even if it is not brain fluid, you should still have somebody take a good look. Read more

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If a little clear fluid drips out nose when you lean over, does that for sure mean csf leak? Can't that happen from just irritated nasal tissues?

Likely nasal fluid: It is far more likely to be nasal fluid than CSF. Your doctor can get the fluid tested for beta transferrin to rule out CSF if that is your concern. Read more

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Fluid leak from nose when bending over?

Sinus fluid: Fluid draining from the nose is usually from the maxillary sinuses if there is a significant volume. See your regular doctor tp determine the cause and initiate appropriate treatment. Read more

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Can you blow your brain out through your nose or is that a myth?

Highly improbable: It is possible to have brain (encephalocele) or the intracranial membranes (meningocele) or a combination of the two prolapse from the cranial cavity into the nose and sinuses. Most of these are after sinus surgery or trauma, not from nose blowing. If there is a defect between the nose and cranial cavity nose blowing can force air into the cranium (pneumocephalus).Worry if water drips from one nostr. Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Spinal fluid leaking from nose?

Just what it says: If cerebro-spinal fluid is leaking through the nose. It implies a breech in the base of the skull. There is a specific test to determine if the fluid leaking from the nose is CSF, a test of beta transferrin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Read more

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My face is leaking white fluid in my forehead area, and around my nose area.

My face is leaking white fluid in my forehead area, and around my nose area.

Puss?: What exactly do you mean white fluid? A picture would help greatly. Is it coming from a pimple or boil? Sounds like it could be an infection. If you are having pain, the skin is warm and hot, redness in the skin that is spreading, or running fevers you should see a doctor. Read more

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My 5 mos old son sometimes leak some fluid (milk) out of his nose after a feed. (mixed feeding). What should I do?

My 5 mos old son sometimes leak some fluid (milk) out of his nose after a feed. (mixed feeding). What should I do?

Spitting up?: If a baby is spitting up, it is common to have mild come out of the nose as well as the mouth. If there is a lot of spit up, your baby might have reflux. Make sure your baby is not over feeding and is burping well. There are also bottles that help with spitting up. A slower flow nipple for the bottle can sometimes help. Talk with your baby's doctor if it persists. Read more

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How long does it take for the fluid to stop leaking from my nose after a nose job?

How long does it take for the fluid to stop leaking from my nose after a nose job?

Days to a week or so: Hello! It is normal to have extra discharge, usually snotty/mucoid and tinged with blood, for a couple days up to a couple weeks. If you have excessive fluid, it is very runny and increases with bearing down a CSF leak is a concern and you should notify your physician. Read more

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