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February 18, 1974

Postspinal HeadacheSuccessful Use of Epidural Blood Patch 11 Weeks After Onset

JAMA. 1974;227(7):786-787. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230200044008

Postspinal headache is not an uncommon complication of dural puncture. In 80% of cases, the headache resolves spontaneously within two weeks. Past treatment by empirical measures was not very successful. The epidural blood patch is a relatively new technique for treatment of postspinal headache. It has always been used within a few days of development of headache. In our patient the epidural blood patch was used successfully 11 weeks after the development of headache.