Joe Nagy leaking brain fluid through nose. If you have a persistently runny nose, fear not — it's probably not leaking brain fluid. But you never know. Phoenix model plane aficionado Joe Nagy suffered from a nonstop flow of clear liquid from his nose for a year and a half, and was "embarrassed" by what he figured was a snot stream.
But when a specialist finally told him the membrane around his brain had a small hole in it and he was leaking brain fluid, he was understandably "scared to death." Fortunately, surgery fixed the problem. Nagy's doctor, Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgeon Peter Nakaji, says leaky brains are "one of the more common conditions to be missed for a long time." Oh — how reassuring.