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- Cerebrovenous sinus thrombosis
- post partum
- intracranial hypotension
- anaesthesia in obstetrics
- adult neurology
Dural puncture from epidural anaesthesia can result in intracranial hypotension with postural headache. Intracranial hypotension and the puerperium have been associated with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). We report a postpartum patient in whom neuroimaging demonstrated intracranial hypotension and CVST following epidural anaesthesia.
After an uncomplicated pregnancy, an 18-year-old primigravida delivered a live male infant at term via vacuum-assisted delivery and epidural anaesthesia. Within hours she developed a moderately severe diffuse postural headache, which was exacerbated by sitting upright. Over the following days, the headache intensified to 10 out of 10 in severity with associated nausea, vomiting and photophobia.
Despite having intravenous fluids, analgesia, caffeine and …
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