A man in Arizona thought he had allergies due to his runny nose but found out that it was actually his brain leaking fluid. Fox 10 reported that Joe Nagy first noticed it when he sat up to get out of bed and clear liquid dribbled out of his nose.
He said to Fox 10 ""Brooop! This clear liquid dribbled out of my nose like tears out of your eyes. I go what is this?"
Nagy said that his symptoms worsened over time and he took allergy medicine which didn't work. He finally went to a specialist who tested the fluid and discovered it was actually brain fluid because there was a membrane surrounding his brain that had a hole in it which caused brain fluid to leak.
"I was scared to death if you want to know the truth," he said.
Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgeon Peter Nakaji to KSAZ ,"You don't really think about it, but our brains are really just above our noses all of the time,' said 'This is one of the more common conditions to be missed for a long time... because so many people have runny noses."
Nagy was about to have an operation to patch up the hole when he got meningitis and the brain fluid became infected.
Dr. Nakaji explained that the human body produces around 12 ounces of brain fluid everyday which is enough to keep the brain from drying out and a reason why the fluid kept on coming out of Nagy's nose.
Nagy ended up getting surgery which didn't require any cutting into the brain, but rather going through the nose and essentially sealing up the hole.
"This is just a bit of cartilage from the nose that we can get to repair over it and then the body will seal it up," said Doctor Nakaji according to The Daily Mail.
Nagy had the gauze removed by doctors from his nose and was happy to find out that the dripping had stopped.
"I was waiting for the dribble. This leaking cause I was so used to it every day. I got my hankie. Nothing. It's never come back," he said according to The Daily Mail.
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