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.
- wound infection
- prodromal eclampsia
- spinal block
- cesarean section
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