A woman with a skull base defect was found to have a spinal fluid leak after getting a nasal swab test for the coronavirus, according to a new study, in what researchers say is the first such case.
After getting a coronavirus test before an elective hernia surgery, a woman in her 40s started experiencing a headache, nausea, light sensitivity and drainage of clear fluid from one side of her nose, Christopher Blake Sullivan, a physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, told The Washington Post.
“We were able to identify that she had a spinal fluid leak, called a cerebrospinal fluid leak,” said Sullivan, the study’s lead author.
“What is the likely reason that happened is she had nasopharyngeal swab testing done for covid,” he said, referring to coronavirus tests done with a long nasal swab.
Jarrett Walsh, an assistant professor at the University of Iowa and