Man’s Runny Nose Turns Out To Be Leaky Brain

Hypochondriacs beware… this story may not be suitable for those of you who worry that ever little sniffle, scrap or cough is a terminal illness.

An Arizona man’s chronically runny nose turned out to be more than allergies after a specialist found it was his brain leaking through his nostrils.

At first, the condition affected Joe Nagy a couple of days a week. On those days he’d be plagued with the constant drip of a clear liquid coming from his nose. After a while that nasal drip increased to seven days a week.

Allergy pills wouldn’t work and after an embarrassing moment where his drip landed on the  model airplane blueprints he was looking over, presumably with others, Nagy decided to seek help to stop the runny nose.

That’s when Peter Nakaji, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute, found a hole in the membrane surround Nagy’s brain and concluded the drip was brain fluid leaking through the hole.

“You don’t really think about it, but our brains are really just above our noses all of the time,” Dr. Nakaji told media. “This is one of the more common conditions to be missed for a long time … because so many people have runny noses.”

The brain produces up to 12 ounces of brain fluid everyday.

Dr. Nakaji mended the hole in Nagy’s brain membrane with a routine surgery and he is recovering. Recovery was slowed due to a bout of meningitis but now everything is on the mend. And Nagy’s leaky faucet is fixed.  [ Source. ]


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