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Obstetric Complication as Cause of Post-spinal-block Postural Headache: Report of Two Cases
  1. Shaul Cohen, M.D.,
  2. Willem M. Luykx, M.D. and
  3. Gertie F. Marx, M.D.
  1. From the Department of Anesthesiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York


Two case histories are presented of postpartum women in whom the typical picture of post-dural puncture headache developed two days following cesarean section performed under spinal block. The etiology of the complication was wound infection in one patient and prodromal eclampsia in the other. A thorough physical examination is recommended before offering a blood patch to a patient with postural headache following spinal block or accidental dural puncture.

  • Headache
  • postpartum
  • postural
  • complications
  • wound infection
  • prodromal eclampsia
  • spinal block
  • cesarean section

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