Woman's runny nose was actually fluid from inside her brain


"Everywhere I went, I always had a box of puffs always stuffed in my pocket", Jackson told the station.

The woman said she went to countless doctors over the years who just attributed her runny nose and cough to allergies.

Doctors told Jackson that she was losing about 8 ounces of brain fluid a day, which is almost half of the 17 ounces of CSF that the brain produces per day.

Kendra, now 52, suffered a broken shoulder, and has been plagued with migraines and a relentlessly runny nose ever since.

If that fluid starts to drain from around the brain, it can droop, pressing against its harder surroundings and causing headaches.

In 2013, Jackson was in a auto accident, and she hit her face on the dashboard, according to KETV-7 ABC. During that accident, she remembers hitting her head on a dashboard and she thought that was the reasons for her chronic headaches.

Kendra stopped going out to dinner with her husband and her runny nose interfered with her time playing with her nine grandchildren.

Per the Cedars-Sinai neurosurgery department, CSF leaks occur when trauma or accidents during surgical procedures create an opening in the tough dura and more delicate arachnoid membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

'She probably thought I was insane, because I said "I am not going to leave until you figure out what's wrong with me,"' Kendra recalls. "It was a lot of fluid", said Dr. Christie Barnes, a rhinologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a lead surgeon on the case. Carla Schneider, PA, discovered Kendra had a CSF leak - cerebrospinal fluid from her brain was leaking out of her nose! It was like a waterfall, continuously, she further said.

The doctor was able to perform a small surgery up the woman's nose to block the leak.

But in Jackson's case, a tiny hole in her cribriform plate - a thin bone that separates her cranial and nasal cavities - allowed the fluid to drip into her nose and mouth, resulting in her symptoms.

"I don't have to carry around the tissues anymore, and I'm getting some sleep", Jackson said after her recent surgery.

"We do kind of a minimally invasive approach, where we go through the nostrils, through the nose.It's very similar to what we use in the OR to fix the leak", Dr. Christie Barnes said. "I could tell a great big difference".

Cerebrospinal fluid leaks are relatively rare, occurring in approximately five in 100,000 individuals worldwide every year.

Jackson came back to Nebraska medication to get a follow-up appointment Friday and doctors said that she had been recovering nicely.