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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea?

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea is a condition where the fluid that surrounds the brain (cerebrospinal fluid) leaks into the nose and sinuses. Most common causes include trauma, surgery, birth defects and increased pressure inside the skull and brain tissue.

Symptoms of cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea

  • Runny nose

  • Injury to the head

  • Bloodstains in mucus

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea

  • Do you have a runny nose?

  • Did you hit your head?

  • Do you have thin, blood stained nasal discharge?

Treatment for cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea

Very small leaks may only require bed rest and medication. However, to cure cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, surgery will be necessary in most cases.

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