Clear fluid dripping after sinus surgery. Is this normal?
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In my experience CSF rhinorrhea usually occurs immediately after surgery and is usually not delayed. CSF rhinorrhea is also more like a drippy faucet. It is not thick or mucoid. I would address it again with your doctor.
Spinal Fluid leak
I appreciate your concern. If the clear fluid is just from one side then it's a spinal fluid leak until proven otherwise. If it's from both sides the likelihood is less. Obtain about 2.5-5ml and test it for beta-2-transferrin. It is unlikely to be from turbinate reduction but may be from salt water rinsing. Happy thanksgiving!
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