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Clinical Observation
September 9, 2002

Subdural Hematoma Following Lumbar Puncture

Author Affiliations

From the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, Calif (Dr Perez). Dr Gaucher is a surgical resident at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(16):1904-1905. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.16.1904

A post–dural puncture headache is a potential complication of a lumbar puncture. Physicians should be able to readily diagnose and treat this potential complication. Described here is a patient who developed an unresolving post–dural puncture headache that then developed into a subdural hematoma. A subdural hematoma is a rare complication following lumbar punctures. Unresolving headaches following a lumbar puncture should prompt aggressive investigation.

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