Radiological Case: Traumatic Cribriform Plate Defect Following Self-administered COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test

Clayton F Douglas, MD; Benjamin D White, MD


Appl Radiol. 2021;50(4):44-46. 

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Case Summary

A middle-aged patient presented with mild, typical symptoms of COVID-19 that included alterations in smell and taste, fever, and a mild cough. COVID-19 was diagnosed after a provider-performed nasal swab, and hospitalization was not required. A few days later, the patient performed a self-administered COVID nasal swab for retesting. Approximately two days later, the patient developed a severe headache and noticed clear rhinorrhea. They presented to the emergency department with a fever of 102°F.