A North Carolina man, who had a constant runny nose for many years, finally learned that it was due to a brain drain leak.
Greg Phillpotts told local ABC 11 a week that for five years he believed that his continuous running nose was caused by allergies. But a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York says that it was instead a result of a cerebrospinal fluid leakage, reports the news station.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe the state as a “escape from the fluid surrounding the brain and backbone.”
The Clearance of Clear Liquid occurs when there is a tear or hole in the membrane surrounding the brain or spinal cord, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Phillpotts told ABC 11 that his hard-running nose would happen “somewhere.”
“You can be somewhere; you can be on the plane – you can be somewhere – you talk to someone and this case just drains right out of your face.”
Other physicians had reportedly diagnosed Phillpotts with pneumonia and bronchitis. He went to New York to see Dr. Alfred Iloreta on Mount Sinai after a bad cough episode in February reported ABC 11.
HuffPost has reached Mount Sinai for comment.
“Sometimes when you have this leakage of fluid from the brain, it may develop into what we call an increasing infection,” said Iloreta ABC 11, according to a video. “So infection can transmit or bacteria can transfer, from nose to brain, leading to meningitis.”
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says that while many CSF leaks heal alone, patients with symptoms of a CSF leak should seek medical attention because of the increased risk of meningitis, a bacterial or viral infection in the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord .
CSF leakage affects at least 5 of 100,000 people each year, according to the CSF leakage federation.
Earlier this year, Kendra Jackson in Omaha, Nebraska, also learned that she had a CSF leak after many years of treatment of headache and a constant runny nose, among other symptoms.
Both Jackson and Phillpotts underwent surgery to solve the problem.
“You’ve ever been as congested you can not breathe and suddenly you can breathe again?” Phillpotts said about his procedure, according to ABC 11. “You know what relief it was”.
Surgery to deal with a CSF leak often involves using tissue from another area of the patient’s body to close the skull hole, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
The medical center also notes that leakage may occur spontaneously, or they may be related to head injury, tumors or surgery.