Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)is what our brain floats in in our skulls. Up to half a litre is produced every day (20 ml/h) and is then absorbed by the body. But it might also escape through holes in the brain cavity. Rhinorrhea means runny nose, so if you experience a runny nose for a long time, CSF Rhinorrhea might be what you have. This doesn't have to be as bad as it sounds, as en increased brain pressure could lead to the tissue weakening and in the end CSF escaping into the nasal cavity and out the nose. This is called a spontaneous CSF rhinorrhea. Of course you should check it out!

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