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Injury. 1987 Sep;18(5):327-8.

CSF rhinorrhoeae: significance of the glucose oxidase strip test.

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Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.


Many authoritative medical textbooks recommended use of glucose oxidase reagent strips to distinguish cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhoea from clear nasal discharge following head injury. A study of 50 subjects with clear nasal and lacrimal secretions, demonstrated a large proportion of positive results for glucose (44 per cent). Thirteen secretions (26 per cent) contained glucose in a concentration within the normal range for CSF. The recommended use of glucose oxidase test strips for differentiating CSF leakage from other clear nasal secretions is therefore without foundation.

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