Dural taps revisited. A 20-year survey from Birmingham Maternity Hospital.

@article{Stride1993DuralTR,
  title={Dural taps revisited. A 20-year survey from Birmingham Maternity Hospital.},
  author={P C Stride and Griselda M Cooper},
  journal={Anaesthesia},
  year={1993},
  volume={48 3},
  pages={247-55}
}
The records from 34,819 obstetric epidurals performed at Birmingham Maternity Hospital over the period 1969-1988 were examined. During that time there were 460 dural taps (overall incidence 1.3%). Of the methods used to detect the epidural space, loss of resistance to injection of saline was associated with the lowest incidence of dural tap (0.6%). The incidence of typical postdural puncture headache when managed conservatively was 86%. Provision of an epidural drip after delivery reduced the… CONTINUE READING
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