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Spinal tap headache. Whats a blood patch?
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Dr. Mark Gujer
Anesthesiology
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Gujer
Dr. Mark Gujer
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A spinal tap headache is due to CSF leaking thru the puncture site in the dura following a spinal tap.
Normally the puncture closes following the tap .During a blood patch, is a sample of your own blood is placed in the area outside the dura by a spinal tap. The blood clots, closing the puncture site and the headache resolves. The blood is reabsorbed over time.

In brief: See below
A spinal tap headache is due to CSF leaking thru the puncture site in the dura following a spinal tap.
Normally the puncture closes following the tap .During a blood patch, is a sample of your own blood is placed in the area outside the dura by a spinal tap. The blood clots, closing the puncture site and the headache resolves. The blood is reabsorbed over time.
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