A runny nose leaking brain fluid affected one Arizona man for years.
Joe Nagy first noticed his nose leaking brain fluid when he sat up to get out of bed. Nagy told reporters:
“Brooop! This clear liquid dribbled out of my nose like tears out of your eyes. I go what is this?”
Joe Nagy continued to suffer from his nose leaking brain fluid without realizing what was going on. He misdiagnosed the problem as being allergy related.
For years, Nagy tried a combination of allergy medications, which did not work, and tissues to control the “runny nose” as best he could. He basically had to live with tissues always on hand, which led to some embarrassing moments with his nose leaking brain fluid constantly.
Nagy eventually went to a specialist and when the liquid was tested they realized his nose was leaking brain fluid. Nagy recalls, “I was scared to death if you want to know the truth.”
The nose leaking brain fluid affects roughly one in 100,000 to 200,000 individuals. It most often presents itself in cases involving head trauma or following surgery to the brain or spine. In some instances, no definitive cause is found, but with Nagy they discovered a small hole in the membrane surrounding his brain.
Because the human body continually produces sufficient fluid for the brain, the actual leaking of such liquid is not particularly dangerous. However, the condition can prove fatal if the brain fluid becomes infected.
Unfortunately, Nagy developed a near-deadly case of meningitis and the fluid became infected. After the infection cleared up, a needle was inserted through the nose leaking brain fluid and a bit of glue patched the hole without any cutting.
After fixing his nose leaking brain fluid, Nagy plans on building a sailboat he’ll call the Great Pelican. Hopefully, it won’t leak.