Chronic subdural haematoma associated with nontraumatic CSF rhinorrhea: A management challenge

Santosh Isaac Poonnoose, Raju P. Manjooran, John Mathew, Pranatartiharan Ramachandran

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We report an unusual case of chronic subdural haematoma (CSH) associated with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhoea emphasizing the importance of managing both conditions simultaneously. A 59- year-old man presented with watery discharge from the right nostril, of 2 months duration. MRI of the brain showed a CSH in the left fronto-parietal region with significant mass effect. There was an arachnoidocoele with a defect in the planum sphenoidale. He first underwent a burr hole evacuation of the CSH following which the CSF rhinorrhea did not subside, even with bed rest. Transnasal endoscopic closure of the CSF dural fistula was done. On the first post-operative day, he was disoriented and a CT scan showed a recollection of the subdural haematoma that required repeat evacuation. The patient was asymptomatic at discharge. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of CSF rhinorrhoea associated with CSH. Simultaneous closure of the CSF dural fistula at the time of evacuation of a coexisting CSH would be the optimal management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-283
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic subdural haematoma
  • CSF rhinorrhea


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