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Have BPPV. Vertigo, nystagmus, headache, nasal discharge, ear pain, palpitations. Help

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Hi, I was diadnosed with BPPV 18 months ago. Sent home with diagrams of Epley Manoevre which have not helped! Continuing to experience regular vertigo attacks, nystagmus along with headaches, clear salty fluid coming from my nostril when bending over and now general ear pain and occassional dryed blood from affected ear. Continual low grade headache, head pressure when standing up, palpatations and noticed that vertigo attacks more relevant leading up to menstruation! Help!
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. A.K. Srivastava 1 hour later

Thanks for writing to H.C.M. for your query.

I have gone through your query regarding vertigo which you are having for last 18 months.I have review your recent developments as regular vertigo attacks, headache, ear pain and blood stained discharge from affected ear and salty clear fluid comming out from nostril. All these features indicates that your previous diagnosis BPVV should be revise and now it appears to be of intracranial origin.

Since you are feeling increase pressure in your head and clinically from complaints clear fluid comming from nostril appears to be CSF.Your nystagmus are also more or less continuous therefore you are advice for these investigations-

(a) Cytological & Biochemical examination of fluid comming from nostril.

(b) M.R.I.of head to rule out pathology of C.P.angle and cerebrum.

(c) Fundus examination by ophthalmologist.

(d) Complete nurological examination to rule out signs of raised intracranial tension.

By approaching in this way one can reach to correct diagnosis and plan for further treatment.

Wishing for your speedy recovery.

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Follow-up: Have BPPV. Vertigo, nystagmus, headache, nasal discharge, ear pain, palpitations. Help 1 hour later
Thank you for the reply,
What cytology & biochemical tests would you suggest on the fluid coming from the nostril?
Answered by Dr. A.K. Srivastava 9 hours later

Thanks for writing back to me for clarification of said reply.

I would like to tell you there are two common diseases of nose were clear watery fluid comes out of nostril-
(a) Allergic Rhinitis.
(b) CSF Rhinorrhea.
To differentiate above two situation it is necessary to find out the cyto-chemical constituent of the fluid which is comminig out. Therefore the desired test in fluid is to estimate- Chloride, sugar, protein, bicarbonate and different cells as polymorphs, lymphocytes, esinophils and monocytes etc.

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