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A man's runny nose was found to in fact be leaking brain fluid, in a shocking story coming out of Arizona this week.
For many years, Joe Nagy, from Arizona, thought he had a constant runny nose because of a bad case of allergies. However, after finally getting it checked out, he realized that his condition was actually far worse than he originally thought, according to Fox 10.
The condition first started years ago when he sat up in bed.
"Brooop! This clear liquid dribbled out of my nose like tears out of your eyes. I go what is this?" he told Fox 10.
Nagy said the condition got worse over time and he needed to use tissues all the time as his nose was constantly running.
He also described embarrassing moments when the fluid dripped out so fast that he couldn't get to a tissue on time.
After finally going to a specialist, who tested the fluid from his nose, he found out that it was in fact brain fluid leaking out of his nose.
He described the harrowing moment he found out: "I was scared to death if you want to know the truth."
The brain fluid started to leak after a hole appeared in the membrane surrounding Nagy's brain.
"You don't really think about it, but our brains are really just above our noses all of the time," said Dr. Peter Nakaji, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Even worse for the man, just before the scheduled surgery to fix the leak, Nagy developed a dangerous case of meningitis which led to the brain fluid getting infected. Nagy eventually recovered from the infection was able to have the surgery to repair the membrane.
The procedure involved inserting a needle through his nose and a bit of glue to patch up the hole, according to Nagy.
Here is a video news report into the incident: