Perioperative Management of post dural puncture headache

Safiya Imtiaz Shaikh, Nagamani K Ramesh


Post dural puncture headache (PDPH) is a common complication of interventional neuraxial procedures. It carries a considerable morbidity with symptoms lasting for several days, sometimes severe enough to immobilise the patient. If left untreated it can result in serious complication which may be fatal. It is therefore important that the doctors should aware of the methods available for reducing the incidence of PDPH. This article reviews the scientific literature involved in the management of PDPH including the epidural blood patch.


PDPH, CSF, dural puncture, headache, caffeine, epidural blood patch

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