Observation of spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhoea to body mass index: a preliminary report

Med J Malaysia. 2007 Dec;62(5):368-9.


The purpose of this retrospective study is to determine whether there is a correlation among overweight, gender and the risk of development of spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhoea. The clinical data of eight patients diagnosed with spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhoea who had been treated at our tertiary referral centre between 1998 and 2007 were assessed. Demographically, seven patients were female and one male with ages ranging from 14 to 53 years with a mean age of 43.6 years. This observation revealed that all patients were overweight with a mean body mass index (BMI) of 32.5 kg/m2. This study suggests that there is a trend of increasing BMI to the risk of developing a spontaneous CSF rhinorrhoea.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index*
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / complications
  • Retrospective Studies