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Woman's runny nose turns out to be brain fluid, not mucus

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(Meredith/KETV) – Kendra Jackson has had a runny nose for years after a traumatic car accident, but during a recent trip to the doctor’s office, she discovered it wasn’t mucus leaking out of her nose, but brain fluid.

“It was like a waterfall, continuously, and then it would run to the back of my throat,” Jackson told KETV. “Everywhere I went, I always had a box of Puffs stuffed in my pocket.”

She said doctors would constantly tell her that it was allergies, but she knew it had to be something else. When she went to Nebraska Medicine, she was diagnosed with Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF).

Doctors told her that her brain was leaking about half a pint of brain fluid a day. If left untreated, CSF can lead to more serious complications.

In the past, the only way to cure CSF was through invasive brain surgery, but now, doctors can simply go through the nostril to fix the problem.

Dr. Christie Barnes, a rhinologist at Nebraska Medicine, said they used fatty tissue from Jackson’s body to plug the hole between her skull and nostrils.

Now, Jackson doesn’t have to carry a box of tissues with her anymore. 

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