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Diagnosis of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Fistula with Otorrhea or Rhinorrhea

Specialty:

Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

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Description:

With certain conditions a patient may develop a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fistula, with leakage of a clear fluid from the ears (otorrhea) or nose (rhinorrhea). Such drainage may occur years after a causative injury and may be difficult to distinguish from other fluid discharges occurring in these sites. It is important to identify these patients due to the risk of intracranial infection.

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