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Intrathecal Hematoma and Arachnoiditis Mimicking Bacterial Meningitis After an Epidural Blood Patch

Roy-Gash, F.; Engrand, N.; Lecarpentier, E.; Bonneta, M.P.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000542394.48767.cb
Case Reports

(Int J Obstet Anesth 2017;32:77–78)

Epidural blood patch (EBP) is the most effective method to treat postdural puncture headache and has a low rate of complications. However, severe complications such as cauda equina syndrome and seizures have rarely been reported. This case report describes a woman who underwent an EBP and later presented with symptoms concerning for meningitis, but was ultimately found to have arachnoiditis from an intrathecal hematoma.

Hopital Cochin, Paris, France

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