Non-traumatic cerebrospinal-fluid rhinorrhoea in cases of primary empty-sella syndrome

Med J Aust. 1989 Apr 17;150(8):458-61.


Non-traumatic cerebrospinal-fluid rhinorrhoea is a rare condition. Its insidious onset may occur with a sneezing or coughing episode which may lead to an incorrect diagnosis of allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinorrhoea. Two cases that occurred in association with primary empty-sella syndrome are described--in the second case, the fistula arose from the pituitary fossa. The history, incidence, clinical profile, investigation and management of this condition are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / etiology*
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans