In the past two years, the 52 year old woman in Omaha, Omaha, had thought he had a bad cold. I thought I was just an allergy, or a runny nose just like a cold at the beginning. The symptoms of coughing, sneezing and runny nose began after she suffered a serious accident two and a half years ago. At that time, her face hit the dashboard of her car, and she often had migraines since then. All the time, I kept on going to see the doctor. They opened almost anything you could imagine, but my nose was still running. CNN (CNN) quoted her as saying. The doctor told her that it might be an allergy, but this year, Kendra went to the Nebraska Medical Center to find a real cause of a runny nose: a leak in the cerebrospinal fluid caused by a small hole in the skull. Severe symptoms Every day, a runny nose will wet the front of the coat. When you wake up after a nights sleep on a chair, she will find that the front of her coat is wet with liquid, and a lot of liquid will come out in the evening. Christie Barnes, a nasal surgeon at the medical center, said. It will probably flow 500 milliliters a day. When she went to the medical center, Kendra said, a doctors assistant saw immediately after seeing that it was not a normal runny nose but a persistent cerebrospinal leak. The doctors then collected and tested the fluid they had collected, which confirmed their judgement. According to the introduction, cerebrospinal fluid is a colorless transparent liquid that fills the brain and protects the brain and spinal cord. While helping to transport the metabolites in the brain, it can also transport and provide nutrients and other substances to the brain through the central nervous system. The brain is infiltrated in the fluid of cerebrospinal fluid. Because the skull is a fixed hard shell in the brain, and the brain is a soft organ that sloshing in such a hard shell, the brain needs to have something to protect itself. Barnes said, cerebrospinal fluid is such a kind of existence, providing buffer for the brain and spinal cord. Discover the cause of the disease A thin hole in the skull caused a leakage of cerebrospinal fluid. CT showed the left leaking of Kendras nasal cavity according to CNN The brain keeps secreting cerebrospinal fluid every day. Normally, these CSF can be absorbed into the blood through the protuberance of the outer membrane of the brain, the dura mater. But in his case, her sieved plate, a thin bone separated from the skull and the nasal cavity, has a small hole in which the cerebrospinal fluid leaks into her nose and mouth and further causes other symptoms. Barnes said: this part of the skull is very thin, thinner than potato chips, and this is also one of the most common locations leading to cerebrospinal fluid leakage. Cerebrospinal fluid leakage is relatively rare. Around 5 people are ill per 100 thousand people worldwide each year. The most common cause of disease is trauma or surgery. Doctors believe that because of the accident, Kendra caused a small hole in her sieve plate, and the small hole continued to grow over time. She had head injuries, so this is very likely. Her symptoms began to appear shortly after the accident, so it could be the consequence of the combined effects of traumatic brain injury and intracranial hypertension. According to the amount of fluid outflow, the severity of cerebrospinal fluid leakage is also different, and it can be fatal. In addition, the risk of meningitis will increase. Operation A small hole in the skull with the tissue of the nose and abdomen Taking into account Kendras condition, the doctors finally decided to operate on her, using her nose and abdomen to block the small hole in the skull. The surgeon said, I used the tissue inside her nose to plug the leak, and borrowed some fat from her abdomen. Its equivalent to putting a plugging agent in this location, and only a little fat is needed, so I can plug the leak. One month after the operation, Kendra finally discharged home, and the symptoms of nasal mucus kept flowing away. I havent had a runny nose anymore, but I still have a headache. She said, I feel much better and I can sleep well. Although Kendras condition is very rare, she hopes people will know that cerebrospinal fluid leakage may occur, especially after brain injury. Kendra reminded: if it feels salty, and its like draining behind the throat, then its probably not allergic. Go to see a doctor. Source: Red Star News Editor: Gu Ying _NN6577 One month after the operation, Kendra finally discharged home, and the symptoms of nasal mucus kept flowing away. I havent had a runny nose anymore, but I still have a headache. She said, I feel much better and I can sleep well. Although Kendras condition is very rare, she hopes people will know that cerebrospinal fluid leakage may occur, especially after brain injury. Kendra reminded: if it feels salty, and its like draining behind the throat, then its probably not allergic. Go to see a doctor.