Standardizing Management of Post-Dural Puncture Headache in Obstetric Patients: A Literature Review


Post-dural puncture headache continues to be a significant cause of morbidity in parturients. Despite being a common complication faced by many anesthesiologists, there is a lack of consensus regarding its management. Many still use traditionally taught treatments such as strict bed rest and aggressive hydration despite lack of evidence for their usage. Few are using newly tested treatments such as gabapentin and ACTH despite being proven effective in randomized controlled trials. Furthermore, when and how the epidural blood patch should be used is contentious between different practitioners. This review aims at answering what is the best strategy to manage post-dural puncture headache and proposes an evidence-based practice guideline.

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Nguyen, D. and Walters, R. (2014) Standardizing Management of Post-Dural Puncture Headache in Obstetric Patients: A Literature Review. Open Journal of Anesthesiology, 4, 244-253. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2014.410037.

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