Any news on the postdural puncture headache front?

Feyce Mabel Peralta*, Sarah Devroe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Unintentional dural puncture followed by postdural puncture headache is a well-known complication following neuraxial labor analgesia. Risk factors for the development of postdural puncture headache may be related to the patient's history and characteristics, the neuraxial technique, and obstetrical events. The diagnosis of postdural puncture headache is usually made depending on the clinical presentation (orthostatic headache after a neuraxial procedure). Occasionally, neuroimaging and neurological consultation are warranted. Complications following postdural puncture headache may include transient or permanent hypoacusis, cranial nerve palsies, subdural hematoma, and chronic headache. Evidence is limited regarding the safety and effectiveness of different interventions aimed to prevent or treat postdural puncture headache.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • epidural blood patch
  • positional headache
  • postdural puncture headache
  • subdural hematoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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