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Iowa woman leaked brain fluid from her nose after COVID-19 swab test

Scans of the woman

A woman in her 40s began leaking brain fluid from her nose after getting swabbed for COVID-19 testing, a new case report reveals. 

Health care workers often jokingly describe nasopharyngeal swabs – the extra-long Q-tips used for many coronavirus tests – ‘brain-scraping’ implements. 

But for the Iowa woman, that joke was too near to reality. 

Shortly after she went for COVID-19 testing, the woman’s nose started dripping profusely, her head started hurting and she became so nauseous she was vomiting. 

When her head and neck got stiff and she tasted metal, the woman went to the doctor, where scans revealed a hole at the base of her skull. 

Cerebrospinal fluid – a protective clear liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord – was dripping from her nose. 

It’s the first time doctors have reported the alarming and potentially dangerous leak, triggered by the…

Iowa woman leaked brain fluid from her nose after COVID-19 swab test

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