Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a liquid contained within the lining around the brain, called the dura. When there is a hole in the dura and bone, separating the brain from the sinuses, CSF can leak into the sinuses. This can cause clear, water-like fluid drainage from the nose or into the back of the throat. If the CSF drains out of the nose, it is usually from one side. If it drains into the throat, it has been described as salty tasting.
A break in the bone and dura can occur due to:
- An accident involving the head
- A complication from sinus or brain surgery
- An expected consequence of removing a tumor within the sinuses
- Anything else that can increase pressures on the brain
Why Choose UHealth?
Highly specialized rhinology doctors. The experts at University of Miami Health are here to help you breathe easier, smell better, and rest better with an accurate diagnosis and leading edge treatments in a compassionate setting. Our fellowship-trained providers specialize in the nasal airway, and our rhinology specialists have completed specialized training in nasal and sinus disorders. They have dedicated their clinical and research careers to caring for nasal and sinus disorders.
Our academic health center provides you with more treatment options. Our ENT specialists are experts in the field of rhinology. As part of an academic health center, we are proud to offer breakthrough treatments not available to other facilities in South Florida. We also offer our patients early access to clinical trials and new medical and procedural treatments. We provide comprehensive care for a wide array of rhinologic conditions, backed by expertise, research, and education.