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Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Symptoms: Woman's Runny Nose Was Actually Rare Condition

Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Symptoms: Woman's Runny Nose Was Actually Rare Condition

"Everywhere I went I always had a box of Puffs, always packed in my pocket" Jackson of Omaha, Nebraska, " told KETV". Her symptoms didn't start until years after the wreck.

Back in 2013, Jackson suffered head trauma from a auto accident, but doctors kept saying her runny nose, was probably allergies.

According to the ENT, the woman was losing roughly half-a-pint of brain fluid a day.

In order to treat Jackson's condition, physicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center performed a surgery that plugged the hole in her skull using tissue from her nose and abdomen, Barnes said.

They used Jackson's own fatty tissue to plug the small hole between her nostrils and the skull which was causing the leak.

That should have been a doctor's first clue, but none of the countless allergists Kendra saw thought to test the fluid to see if it had come from her brain.

CSF is a colorless liquid produced and stored in special ventricles in the brain, and also fills the central canal of the spinal cord.

In 2013, Kendra Jackson was hit from behind in a traumatic auto accident.

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When Kendra hit her head on the dashboard, the trauma probably led to a tear in the membrane surround her brain, allowing fluid to escape.

What started as a runny nose, just would not stop. One such complication is bacterial meningitis, a serious infection that causes inflammation of the meninges, or the lining of the brain and spinal cord. "I knew something was wrong".

'I was so healthy up until I had the vehicle accident, ' Kendra says.

"Cerebrospinal fluid from her brain was leaking out of her nose", Nebraska Medicine wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. "So we had her collect her fluids and sent it off for evaluation", Barnes said.

"I actually don't need to tote around the tissue anymore, and I'm getting some sleep", she told the information channel.

Nebraska Medication rhinologist Dr. Christie Barnes and also Neuro Surgeon Dr. Dan Surdell worked on Jackson a few weeks past.

"We do kind of a minimally invasive approach, where we go through the nostrils, through the nose.It's very similar to what we use in the OR to fix the leak", Dr. Christie Barnes said. No one ever diagnosed Kendra with a particular allergy, yet she says she has tried 'every over the counter medicine you can take and every medicine you can prescribe'. About five in 100,000 people report CSF leaks every year, the CSF Leak Association, a United Kingdom charity to promote awareness for the condition, reports. Jackson will have a few more checkups to monitor the pressure in her head, but she expects she'll make a full recovery.