AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018

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Study of Dura Mater Lesions Debunks Myths of Post-Dural Puncture Headache

The type of needle used in certain kinds of anesthesia is not linked to post-dural puncture headache (PDPH), a serious and potentially life-threatening complication, according to a recent study.

The study debunks myths about the cause of post-dural puncture headaches. The severe headaches are caused by a puncture of the dura mater – one of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord – and are a serious complication of epidural anesthesia, other nerve blocks, and diagnostic lumbar puncture.

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