A 40-year-year-old woman has suffered from a brain fluid leak in her nose after taking a Covid-19 nasal swab test.
According to the journal of the Jama Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the swab testing ruptured the lining of the base of the woman’s skull that caused cerebrospinal fluid to leak from her nose and putting her at risk of brain infection.
The report noted that the woman, who is from Iowa, had a rare skull condition but the swab test may not have been conducted properly.
She was tested for the virus as she undergoes surgery for a hernia.
So far, she is the first person known to experience brain fluid leakage after the test.
“She had been swabbed previously for another procedure, same side, no problems at all. She feels like maybe the second swab was not using the best technique and that the entry was a little bit high,” Jarrett Walsh, senior of the paper that appeared on the journal, told AFP.
The report added that the woman experienced headache, vomiting, neck stiffness, and aversion to light.