Letter to the Editor| Volume 39, ISSUE 5, P658-659, November 2010

Lumbar Puncture and Post-Dural Puncture Headaches1

      I enjoyed the extensive review by Dr. Robert Frank on post-dural puncture headaches (PDPH) (
      • Frank R.L.
      Lumbar puncture and post-dural puncture headaches: implications for the emergency physician.
      ). There are a few additional points I feel are worth mentioning about both the lumbar puncture itself, and the pharmacologic options available to treat PDPH.
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        • Frank R.L.
        Lumbar puncture and post-dural puncture headaches: implications for the emergency physician.
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      Linked Article

      • Lumbar Puncture and Post-Dural Puncture Headaches: Implications for the Emergency Physician
        Journal of Emergency MedicineVol. 35Issue 2
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          Lumbar puncture is a diagnostic procedure commonly performed by emergency physicians. Post-dural puncture headaches occur frequently after this procedure and can be associated with significant morbidity and, occasionally, even death. There is also a lot of variation in how post-dural puncture headaches are treated once they occur. This article seeks to examine the science behind post-dural puncture headaches, their prevention and treatment.
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