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Spinal tap headache. Whats a blood patch?

Spinal tap headache. Whats a blood patch?

And: Many patients get immediate relief during the injection. We think this might be by compressing the dural sac. It merely a matter of pressure gradients. Make the pressure greater outside the leak and the leak slow down or stops. As long as your brain is making more CSF than lost, the headache stays away. For technically challenging patient anatomy, sometime fluroscopy is used to guide the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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Spinal headache due to spinal tap, a blood patch was given. The headache was gone and is now returning. What should be done?

Spinal headache due to spinal tap, a blood patch was given. The headache was gone and is now returning.  What should be done?

Spinal headache: After a spinal tap or lumbar puncture, patients can suffer low pressure or spinal headaches due to persistent leakage of spinal fluid through the puncture site. The usual treatment is to lay flat and drink fluids. Occasionally a blood patch is required to stop the headaches. Rarely, a second blood patch is required. Check with the physician to determine if the headaches are spinal in origin. ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap about 15 days ago. Then a blood patch 13 days ago. Since the patch, my symptoms have gotten worse. Headache, pain in neck.

I had a spinal tap about 15 days ago. Then a blood patch 13 days ago. Since the patch, my symptoms have gotten worse. Headache,  pain in neck.

See a Neurologist: Post spinal HA should not persisted that long and usually responded well with a patch. Make sure you are not dehydrated and drink>3 liters of water daily. Also try drinking coffee few times a day. You also should follow up with neurologist to rule out rare condition like slow meningeal leak or increase intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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Spinal tap 5 days ago. Laid flat for 48 hrs. Drank caffeine. Headache even lying down, dizzy standing. Will go away on own or need blood patch & when?

Spinal tap 5 days ago. Laid flat for 48 hrs. Drank caffeine. Headache even lying down, dizzy standing. Will go away on own or need blood patch & when?

Not typical: To have a headache even lying down if its due to CSF leak. Why did you get the tap? You need to be evaluated though to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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How or where do Iget a blood patch ..I have a severe spinal headache post lumbar puncture?

How or where do Iget a blood patch ..I have a severe spinal headache post lumbar puncture?

Epid. Blood Patch: You should first contact the facility and department in which the lumbar puncture was performed and inform them of your symptoms. Most will advise you to venture into the emergency room for further evaluation and counseling regarding treatment of a "Post Dural Puncture Headache." Conservative medical management should be explained to you,as well as the process and risks involved in placing a patch ...Read more

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What to do if I have a question involving a spinal tap blood patch?

What to do if I have a question involving a spinal tap blood patch?

Always ask doctor!: Never consent to any procedure unless all your questions have been answered. A blood patch is usually done to treat headache caused by a spinal tap, or occasionally by an epidural. The blood patch stops the leak of spinal fluid that causes the headache. Usually, this is done by a physician anesthesiologist who will be happy to answer any questions about it. ...Read more

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Very ill after normal spinal tap and and follow up epidural blood patch. What could it be?

Very ill after normal spinal tap and and follow up epidural blood patch. What could it be?

Postdural puncture: This sounds like you had a postdural puncture headache, which is a headache that improves after lying down. Bed rest, fluids and caffeine usually resolve the problem after several days, but sometimes a blood patch is needed to fix the issue. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lumbar Puncture (Definition)

To test for meningitis or multiple sclerosis or a variety of problems, a small needle is inserted into the lumbosacral cistern to obtain spinal fluid for testing ...Read more