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CSF Rhinorrhea
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What is CSF rhinorrhea?

CSF stands for cerebrospinal fluid, which is a clear colourless, protective fluid that bathes the brain and the spinal cord, cushioning them against the trauma. CSF discharge from the nose is known as..

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CSF stands for cerebrospinal fluid, which is a clear colourless, protective fluid that bathes the brain and the spinal cord, cushioning them against the trauma. CSF discharge from the nose is known as CSF rhinorrhea. Most cases of this disease occur after major accidents where bones of the face and skull experience a lot of trauma. When there is a hole in the bone and dura, CSF leaks into the sinuses. The majority of these leaks stop on their own, but surgery may be needed if the leaking continues even after 48 hours. The upsetting of the barriers between the sinonasal cavity and the anterior and middle cranial is the underlying factor, leading to the discharge of CSF into nasal cavity.

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CSF Rhinorrhea
Symptoms
Symptoms

It is a condition where people typically complain of clear, watery drainage, usually from only one side of the nose or an ear. Headaches are a major symptom, which are more severe in the upright position and aggravate when you lie down. Patients may sense:

  • Continual salty taste or watery drainage from the nose
  • Changes in vision
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness and nausea

Causes
Causes

Some of the probable causes of this disease include:

  • Head injury
  • Spinal surgery
  • Pain medications
  • Lumbar puncture

Risks
Risks

The main risk factors include:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sense of imbalance
  • Vomiting

Prevention
Prevention

To prevent the occurrence of this disease, one should take care of certain things:

  • Use of smallest needle, while doing the spinal tap.
    Avoid stress and anxiety.
  • Take healthy diet.

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