Pallister-Hall syndrome
Spontaneous CSF rhinorrhea
nasal liquorrhea

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Mihajlo, M., Vuk, A., Rosanda, I., Vuk, S., Aleksandar, S., Aleksandra, P., Marina, M., Zarko, N., Sacco, M., & Danica, G. (2019). Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea in a patient with Pallister–Hall syndrome. Romanian Neurosurgery, 33(3), 305–309. https://doi.org/10.33962/roneuro-2019-051


Pallister-Hall syndrome (PHS) is extremely rare autosomal dominant disorder with typical clinical features such as presence of polydactyly, hypothalamic hamartoma, bifid epiglottis, anal, renal, genitourinary and pulmonary abnormalities, mainly located in the midline of the body. Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea is also a rare condition, and it is used to describe nasal discharge of CSF unrelated to previous trauma, localized tumour, surgery, or previous radiation therapy. The exact cause is not yet fully understood.

We report a case of adult female patient previously diagnosed with PHS and late onset of spontaneous nasal liquorrhea, due to defect in the anterior skull base. Although it can be incidental finding, we believe that described defect in the body midline can be another presentation of congenital craniofacial abnormality which are common in PHS.



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