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Reported May 15, 2013

Deadly Brain Drain: Fixing a Leaky Skull

TUCSON, Ariz. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Sinus infections and allergies affect more than 31 million Americans every year. One woman thought her non-stop running nose was a symptom of that, but it was something far more serious.

When a clear fluid began to drip from Aundrea Aragon’s nose, her doctor suspected it was a bad allergy.

“They just said it should clear up; you’ll be fine,” Aundrea said.

However, the fluid wouldn’t stop pouring out. It got so bad that she was going through at least three rolls of paper towel a week.

“I was choking on the fluid at night, so it kept waking me up,” Aundrea said.

Then after six months a new diagnosis, a tiny crack in her skull was allowing brain fluid to pour out.

“Her left sinus space was full of fluid. The bacteria living in your nose can crawl up in the brain and basically cause a fatal infection,” Dr. Michael Lemole, Professor & Chief of Neurosurgery at The University of Arizona, told Ivanhoe.

Dr. Michael Lemole helped fix Aundrea’s leak with a unique endoscopic operation. Instead of opening up her skull, he went up her nose.

“We can plug it from below and we don’t have to subject the brain to that trauma,” Dr. Lemole explained.

Surgeons used neuronavigation to find the crack. They took tissue from Aundrea’s nose and belly to seal the leak.

“She is very lucky not to have gotten meningitis,” Dr. Lemole said.

The endoscopic procedure is effective in 95 to 99 percent of selected cases. Doctors are monitoring Aundrea’s case, but say her prognosis is excellent.  MORE.

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