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COVID-19 nasal swab test punctures womans brain lining causing fluid leak

COVID-19 nasal swab test punctures womans brain lining causing fluid leak”

Study finds Coronavirus Test Causes Brain Fluid leak in patient in US.

COVID-19 nasal swab test caused a woman to had brain fluid leak into her nose.

The woman in her 40s underwent testing prior to an elective hernia fix, and shortly thereafter developed a variety of symptoms, including unilateral rhinorrhea, headache, and vomiting, but her nasal drainage tested positive for β2-transferrin, reported Jarrett Walsh, MD, PhD, of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and colleagues.

When kits started to get scarce and the whole city shortly became overrun with coronavirus cases, NY officials then advised against actually getting tested for the COVID-19 virus unless the person clearly had the symptoms as well as a fairly definitive exposure. The woman was also suffering from an undiagnosed rare condition which may have resulted in the condition.

As a result, the unknowing health professional who administered the nasal swab to test for coronavirus had damaged this mass within her nose, causing the leakage of CSF. While a typical person wouldn't face any danger of a cerebrospinal fluid leak from a swab test, "prior surgical intervention [in the nasal/sinus area], or pathology that distorts normal nasal anatomy, may increase the risk of adverse events associated with nasal testing", Walsh's group reported. Doctors in the United States realised what had happened only after the woman, aged in her 40s, began complaining she was experiencing a runny nose, headache and neck stiffness.

In fact, the woman had been treated years earlier for intracranial hypertension - meaning that the pressure from cerebrospinal fluid that protects and nourishes the brain was too high.

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Soon after the test, she experienced mucus discharge from one side of her nose, headache and vomiting. However, the patient's 2017 CT diagnosis was para-nasal sinus disease, not an encephalocele. The woman, it turned out, had something known as an encephalocele: a sac-like formation of brain matter, membrane, and spinal fluid that protrudes out of an opening in the skull that shouldn't be there.

The doctors then removed a little fluid by applying a shunt which reduced the problem but due to this he developed encephalocele which is a defect of the skull.

"To our knowledge, this is the first report of an iatrogenic CSF leak after a nasal swab for COVID-19", the case report stated.

A COVID-19 nasal swab test or PCR test detects if the virus is now in an individual's body.

Jarrett Walsh, senior creator of the paper who came in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery informed AFP that, In any case, medical services experts should take care to follow testing conventions intently.He kept on saying that People who've had broad sinus or skull base medical procedure are informed to consider mentioning oral testing if it is available.

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