Epidural blood patch in the treatment of post-lumbar puncture headache.

Post-lumbar puncture headache is a common complication of dural puncture. Treatment of severe cases with an epidural 'blood patch'--injection of 10-20 ml autologous blood into the epidural space at the site of the dural puncture--is an effective and safe method with few and generally mild complications. The method has been used by anesthesiologists for many… CONTINUE READING