Kendra Jackson first got a runny nose and thought it was from a cold. It continued for years, along with other symptoms including coughing, sneezing, and headaches.
Doctors told her it was likely just allergies, but she knew it was more. Now, finally, she has her answer, it was a brain fluid leak.
Jackson was diagnosed with the cerebrospinal fluid leak at Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Christie Barnes and the ENT team discovered Jackson was losing about a half-pint of cerebrospinal fluid per day through her nose. The team was able to go in through Jackson’s nose and use angled cameras and instruments to use Jackson’s fatty tissue to plug up the hole between her skull and nostrils that was allowing the leak.
Jackson notes that the symptoms started a couple years after she suffered head trauma in a 2013 car accident, hitting her face on the dashboard.