Re: Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
more than likely,unless you recently suffered a truama to your head, what you are actually seeing actually is just plain ols 'snot/mucus'. not all mucus is thick in nature. some people actually have a continuous 'drip' of what you are describing and have to constantly wipe their nose becasue of it just being pretty much there all the time.
the one way you can actually really tell what could be CSF from just what is a post nasal drip, is by catching a good drop of the fluid that is coming out of your nose on like a 2x2 gauze pad(center if at all possible),then laying the gauze pad on a table for about a minute or so? then look at it and see what it looks like. CSF actually has like a slight yellowish cast to it and an oily type of base too. if it is present in any dripping from your nose, it would actually create kind of a 'halo' effect right where the drop is? it seperates from any water based fluid like nasal secretions.
but honestly, it really would take something pretty profound occuring to even have an actual CSF leak that would be coming out your nose. usually a more inside skull fracture of some kind that breaks that surrounding dura where the sac just surrounds the brain? i have worked some pretty major trauma over my years as an emt/ff and have only had one case where actual CSF came out of an ear and the nose too. the thing is, it is usually in that case also tinged with blood as well. your very best bet here really would be to just see your doc about this dripping. it is more than likely due to an ENT thing and not what you are actually asking about. at least this would ease YOUR mind. please let me know just what you find out,Marcia
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