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How can you tell if your dura was punctured during an epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Most "accidental" punctures are not significant and heal quickly w/o symptoms. A severe headache usually accompanies any significant dural tear, but simple needle punctures may just produce a "shock" like brief sensation.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
The most common consequence involves a post-lumbar puncture headache, which is worse on standing.

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