Nose Leaking Brain Fluid, Not Snot, Finds Arizona Man

By: Sean Patterson - May 7, 2013

Allergies can be crippling, but usually some choice drugs and patience can get even the worst allergy sufferers through allergy season. Suffering a runny nose for over a year and a half, however, is another matter entirely. An Arizona man recently found that what he thought was allergies was actually brain fluid leaking from his nose.

According to a Fox 10 report, after suffering a leaking nose for 18 months, Joe Nagy was told by a doctor that the fluid coming from his nose was actually brain fluid. It turned out that Nagy had a hole in the membrane protecting his brain.

Doctors told Fox 10 that such a condition can be easy to miss, since many people simply assume they have a constantly running nose. Many patients find out about the problem when the fluid becomes infected. Nagy himself developed a serious case of meningitis just before undergoing brain surgery to repair his leaking membrane.

The surgery used cartilage from Nagy’s nose to repair the membrane. It was successful and Nagy stated he was surprised by how quickly the issue was repaired.

“I was waiting for the dribble, you know?” said Nagy. “I was so used to it every day, I got a hanky, a cloth ready, a tissue. Nothing. And all of a sudden, it’s never come back.”

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  • Clinto H Groves

    I wonder how many people glance read this headline as leaking “BRAKE” fluid?

  • Lauren

    Mucus? No, it “snot”

  • Linda

    OMG,my husband had developed a running nose 3 years ago and no allergy medication has ever help, this could be the reason!

    • I’m not here

      You may want to make an appointment with an ENT doctor ASAP. You really have to worry about meningitis if it is so, due to the opening straight to the brain, it just gives germs an opening. I survived meningitis at 49 years old, but it nearly killed me, and took over 2 years to get over most of the side effects of it. It took an ENT to find the same CSF leak that my wife had. It had been leaking for over 14 months. Near the end her headaches got so bad (due to the low CSF level in her brain cavity)that she would just black out from the pain (her brain was losing its’ shape due to low fluid level). She had spinal fluid just pour out of her nose when she leaned forward (could fill a 5 oz. Dixie cup in 30 seconds). The doctor was horrified, as were we. It ended up being a very small hole in her upper sphenoid sinus. It took 3 very rough surgeries to fix, not to mention over $316,000 in medical bills in 9 months! I pray that is not what your husband has. (Not trying to scare you, but this is very serious stuff!). I wish you both good luck!!