- A woman in her 40s is the first person known to experience brain fluid leakage after a COVID-19 nasal swab test.
- She had an undiagnosed skull defect, likely allowing the complication and other side effects, like sensitivity to light, to occur.
- For most people, a COVID-19 test is momentarily uncomfortable, but a minority report complications including severe pain and fainting.
- The study authors say the case demonstrates the importance of conducting COVID-19 tests safely, including by taking into account patients’ medical history.
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A woman in her 40s is the first known person to have brain fluid leak into her nose after undergoing a nasal swab to test for COVID-19.
The woman had an undiagnosed skull defect that prevents the bones from completely closing, likely allowing the swab to prompt the symptoms, including a runny nose and headache.
The case, reported Thursday in the