Man's brain fluid leaks out his nose

Runny nose thought to be caused by allergies

POSTED: 8:45 AM May 08 2013   UPDATED: 12:26 PM May 08 2013
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What was thought to be year-round allergies actually turned out to be a rare medical problem for one man.

Joe Nagy's nose continued to run everyday for more than 18 months. After trying allergy medicines to fix the constant nasal drip, the Arizona native finally went to a specialist who tested the fluid that was dripping out of his nose and determined it was actually brain fluid, Fox 10 reported. The membrane surrounding Nagy’s brain had a hole in it, causing the brain fluid to leak.

Nagy was prepared to have brain surgery to fix the leak, but developed meningitis, which caused the fluid to become infected. The infection eventually cleared up and Nagy was able to have the surgery, which involves "gluing" the hole shut using a surgical needle.