Second Arizona Patient Confuses Brain Leak With Allergies

Source: Susan Donaldson James / ABC News

Joe Nagy, a retired chemical engineer from Phoenix, woke up in the middle of one night and a clear liquid dropped out of his nose as he bent his head over, but he didn’t worry about it.

“I am getting old — I’ll be 69 in six weeks,” said Nagy. “When you get old, different things go wrong with you.”

As the drippy nose got more frequent and he developed a cough, his doctors dismissed his symptoms as allergies and prescribed Benadryl. But after several visits to an ear, nose and throat specialist, medical experts came up with a different diagnosis: Nagy was leaking fluid from his brain.

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