cerebrospinal rhinorrhea


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cerebrospinal rhinorrhea

Etymology: L, cerebrum, brain, spina, spine; Gk, rhis, nose, rhoia, flow
a discharge of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the nose. Basal skull fractures can transverse the paranasal air sinuses of the frontal bone, resulting in a dural tear. CSF can then leak through the dural tear and drain from the nose. Compare cerebrospinal otorrhea.

cerebrospinal rhinorrhea

A discharge of spinal fluid from the nose caused by a defect in or trauma to the cribriform plate.
See also: rhinorrhea

rhinorrhea

the free discharge of a thin nasal mucus.

cerebrospinal rhinorrhea
discharge of cerebrospinal fluid through the nose, usually due to skull fracture.