Publicado: Вс, Ноября 18, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

North Carolina man’s runny nose turns out to be leaking brain fluid

North Carolina man’s runny nose turns out to be leaking brain fluid

"You could be anywhere; you could be on the airplane ― you could be anywhere ― you talk to somebody and this thing just drains right out of your face".

Greg Philpotts was given the shocking diagnosis after battling his nostrils for five years, having initially believed that he was suffering from an allergy. The North Carolina man was plagued by runny noses-while traveling, eating, in mid-conversation-and figured he just had bad allergies, although some doctors had diagnosed bronchitis and pneumonia. Phillpotts said a cough kept him up for an entire night and scared him enough to find yet another doctor.

HuffPost has reached out to Mount Sinai for comment. Dr. Alfred Iloreta determined that Phillpotts had actually been leaking cerebrospinal fluid. "So infection can transmit, or bacteria can transmit, from the nose into the brain, resulting in meningitis".

"It's the leakage of fluid that surrounds the brain to cushion it primarily to protect it from shock or trauma or anything like that", Dr. Iloreta said.

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Earlier this year, Kendra Jackson of Omaha, Nebraska, similarly learned she had a CSF leak after years of dealing with headaches and a constant runny nose, among other symptoms.

Phillpotts underwent corrective surgery and said it was "a relief" to suddenly be able to breathe again. Phillpotts said of his procedure, according to ABC 11.

The medical center also notes that leaks can occur spontaneously, or they can be related to a head injury, tumors or surgery.

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