Intrathecal injection of epidural blood patch: a case report and review of the literature

Abstract

Epidural blood patch (EBP) is a commonly performed procedure for the treatment of persistent severe post- dural-puncture headache (PDPH). It has a high success rate with a low incidence of complications. We report the case of a 27-year-old woman who developed progressive back pain and radicular symptoms after an EBP was performed for PDPH. An emergency MRI showed a subarachnoid hematoma. Gradual recovery occurred without the need for intervention. To our knowledge, this is the only case demonstrating the MRI findings of a rare complication of a common procedure. Radiologists may benefit from familiarity with epidural blood patching, including the technique, risks, benefits, and potential complications

DOI: 10.1007/s10140-004-0365-0

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@article{Kalina2004IntrathecalIO, title={Intrathecal injection of epidural blood patch: a case report and review of the literature}, author={Peter Kalina and Paula A Craigo and Toby N Weingarten}, journal={Emergency Radiology}, year={2004}, volume={11}, pages={56-59} }