A dynamic pressure study of spontaneous CSF rhinorrhea in the empty sella syndrome. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1980 Jan;52(1):103-5. doi: 10.3171/jns.1980.52.1.0103.


The authors report a case of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea in a patient with the empty sella syndrome in whom continuous intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring revealed intermittent peaks of raised ICP. Following a shunt procedure, ICP reverted to normal and the CSF rhinorrhea ceased for 10 weeks. The sella turcica was packed with muscle after the CSF rhinorrhea recurred.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / complications
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / physiopathology*
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Pressure
  • Peritoneal Cavity