For years, doctors gave Kendra Jackson a list of potential reasons for the cause of her perpetually runny nose: , , seasonal congestion. But her nose was gushing constantly and it was affecting her quality of life. She suffered from headaches and had trouble sleeping.
“One of the things she said that stuck out to me was that she would wake up and her entire shirt would be covered with this drainage from her nose,” Carla Schneider, a physician assistant at Nebraska Medicine, told CBS News. “That is not normal. That’s not allergies at all.”
Schneider finally diagnosed Jackson with something much more unusual: Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak, a condition that occurs when CSF, the watery fluid that circulates around the brain, leaks through a hole in the skull bone. The body produces CSF daily, continually replacing it as it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Doctors found that Jackson was leaking about half a liter of CSF a day.