J Rhinol.  1998 May;5(1):60-62.

A Case of Acute Hydrocephalus Occurring after Operative Treatment on Nontraumatic Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Chonnam University Medical School, Kwangju, Korea.


Nontraumatic cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea is a very rare disease that comprises 3-4% of all CSF rhinorrhea cases. The principle treatment for CSF rhinorrhea is surgery because more conservative treatments usually fail. The authors executed extracranial repair of the fistula and sphenoid sinus obliteration with abdominal fat in a 33-year old male diagnosed with nontraumatic CSF rhinorrhea not accompanied by intracranial lesion. The CSF rhinorrhea stopped after the operation, but acute hydrocephalus developed on the postoperative second day, and a ventriculospinal shunt was performed. The authors report a case of acute hydrocephalus occurring after the repair of the CSF rhinorrhea, a development that, to our knowledge, has never been reported in the literature.


Nontraumatic CSF rhinorrhea; Hydrocephalus
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