A 36 years old female known to have chronic idiopathic intracranial hypertension brought to the emergency department with a history of fever, altered level of consciousness, and generalized tonic-clonic seizure. She had unilateral rhinorrhea for three months following a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 swab as part of an in-vitro fertilization workup. Upon assessment in the ED, she was stuporous due to sedation effect. There was no clear rhinorrhea, no papilledema on the fundus exam, and the remaining cranial nerves examination was unremarkable. She had positive meningeal signs. A cloudy cerebrospinal fluid analysis revealed findings of bacterial meningitis with high WBC and protein. She was started on empirical antimeningeal coverage. MRI brain showed a small CSF containing space at the left inferior frontal in the olfactory groove, which is continuous with the adjacent sulci concerning for the CSF leak site. Beta-transferrin was requested by the otolaryngology team and came back positive.
After fourteen days of antibiotics, she regained her baseline cognitive and functional status then was discharged in stable condition with close follow-up with neurology, otolaryngology, and MRI cisternography.