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Temporary Relief of Postlumbar Puncture Headache with Epidural Blood Patch
  1. Tadikonda L.K. Rao, MD
  1. From the Department of Anesthesiology, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois


Epidural autologous blood patch is an accepted treatment for postlumbar puncture cephalagia. Relief of headache occurred in this patient with blood patch. Unintentional two valsalva maneuvers resulted in the reoccurrence of headache. Patients who receive epidural blood patch should be advised not to perform strenuous work resulting in valsalva, which may cause a “blow-out.”

  • Spinal
  • Postspinal headache
  • Epidural blood patch
  • Vaisalva maneuver

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