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Mention the cause of CSF Rhinorrhea.

Abnormal communication b/w the subarachnoid space and the tympanomastoid nasal cavity.

The cause of CSF rhinorrhoea was established by ommaya et al (1968) as:

Accidental(80%)Iatrogenic (16%)
AcuteAcute
DelayedDelayed
High PressureNormal Pressure
Tumours: Direct IndirectCongenital anomalies
HydrocephalusFocal atrophy- Olfactory,sellar
Osteomyelitic erosion
Idiopathic

Later the cause of CSF rhinorrhoea are varied and revised  in 1976 as:

Congenital

  1. Meningocoele or
  2. Meningoencephalocele
  3. Congenital skull base defect
  4. Congenital hydrocephalus
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