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American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
Case Report: Injections

Transforaminal Cervical Blood Patch for the Treatment of Post–Dural Puncture Headache

Slipman, Curtis W. MD; El Abd, Omar H. MD; Bhargava, Amit MD; DePalma, Michael J. MD; Chin, Kingsley R. MD

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Abstract

Slipman CW, El Abd OH, Bhargava A, DePalma MJ, Chin KR: Transforaminal cervical blood patch for the treatment of post–dural puncture headache. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2005;84:76–80.

A 40-yr-old woman received a series of three interlaminar epidural steroid injections for the treatment of axial neck pain secondary to degenerative disc disease. Immediately after her third injection, she experienced symptoms of a dural puncture–induced headache. This headache persisted on a daily basis for 3 mos, despite two epidural blood patches using an interlaminar approach, which was finally completely abated with a transforaminal blood patch. The headache was immediately relieved and remained alleviated through the follow-up interval of 1 yr. In this patient, a fluoroscopically guided transforaminal epidural blood patch proved to be more effective than the classic blind interlaminar approach in the treatment of post–dural puncture headache.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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