According to a new medical report, the endless runny nose in a man from the Czech Republic after being tested for COVID-19 was not caused by an allergy, as he believed.
After a swab from the nose, the man began to have a strange runny nose. It was only nine months later that he found out that this runny nose was a leak of cerebrospinal fluid.
According to Live Science, the problem turned out to be much deeper than the man thought. The fluid that had flowed from his right nostril for nine months in a row was not snot, but cerebrospinal fluid.
According to a report published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, this case is the first documented case where a cerebrospinal fluid leak was caused by an injury due to a COVID-19 nasal swab.
A nose swab was taken from a man back in March 2020. The test was negative. The man considered it a common allergy when fluid began to flow from the right nostril shortly after the smear. It wasn't until December that he decided to see a doctor, and after a head scan, health workers discovered that a COVID test had damaged his ethmoid plate, the bone that separates the nose from the brain.
As Live Science notes, cerebrospinal fluid leaks are not in themselves dangerous, and patients can live their lives for years without problems. However, this makes people more susceptible to dangerous brain infections such as meningitis because the central nervous system is more vulnerable.
The man required surgery to close the trauma of the ethmoid plate, as well as a prescription for antibiotics to prevent infection. As a result, he began to recover, but at the same time reported that he had stopped smelling the right nostrils.