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Nebraska lady’s runny nose turns out to be brain fluid leak

She was hitting her head on the dashboard, and that would explain the term as chronic headaches.

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Kendra Jackson had bad allergies, and when she complained of a runny nose, then doctors told her.

Nebraska lady's runny nose turns out to be brain fluid leak
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Jackson of Omaha, Nebraska, told KETV, “Everywhere I went I always had a box of Puffs, always stuffed in my pocket.” Jackson continues, “[It was] like a waterfall, continuously, and then it would run to the back of my throat.”

Jackson had been seeing doctors for years and specialists finding answers. When she got into a car accident in 2013, then she has started the problem of sneezing, coughing, and constant nose tickle. She was hitting her head on the dashboard, and that would explain the term as chronic headaches.

She had cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak which would learn when her nose was always runny. KETV reports, she was losing about a half-pint of liquid in each day.

Nebraska Medicine wrote in a Facebook post on Friday, “Cerebrospinal fluid from her brain was leaking out of her nose.”

When fluid around the brain travels through a hole “through the skull bone,” then CSF leak occurs as a result of a traumatic injury, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The symptoms of CSF leak can be a runny nose, the liquid in the ear, headaches, vision loss, among others.

The CSF Leak Association about 5 in 100,000 people report CSF leaks every year and a U.K. charity to promote awareness of the problem. The CSF leak can repair itself but needs an occasional surgery.

A few weeks ago, Nebraska Medicine rhinologist Dr Christie Barnes and neurosurgeon Dr Dan Surdell operated on Jackson.

Barnes told KETV, “We [went] through the nostrils, through the nose.” Barnes added, “We use angled cameras, angled instruments to get us up to where we need to go.”

She was able to get a good night’s sleep for the first time in 5 years.

She told the news station, “I don’t have to carry around the tissue anymore, and I’m getting some sleep.”

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