Arizona man shocked to learn annoying runny nose actually caused by a leaky brain

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 20:08 EDT
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A man who experienced a nearly constant runny nose was actually leaking brain fluid through his nostrils, according to Fox 10 News.

Joe Nagy of Arizona had suffered from a seemingly endless runny nose. Doctors figured it was just a bad case of allergies, but Nagy’s symptoms were unaffected by medications.

Fed up with having the clear liquid constantly dribbling out his nose, he eventually went to a specialist who tested the fluid. Nagy discovered it was actually brain fluid, not mucous from the nose, that was leaking. He was suffering from a rare condition known as a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak.

“I was scared to death if you want to know the truth,” he said.

Making matters worse, Nagy came down with a case of meningitis before having surgery to correct the leak. Thankfully, doctors were able to get the potentially deadly inflammatory disorder of the brain under control and successfully patched the leak.

“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,” Nagy said.

Watch video, courtesy of Fox 10, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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