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Q: What procedure is used by anesthesiologists for treatment of postdural puncture headache?
A: An epidural blood patch (EBP) is the common treatment for a postdural puncture headache (PDPH). By creating a blood clot over the hole in the dura, the CSF leak can be slowed or halted entirely. [ As with the more conservative treatments, the epidural blood patch buys time. While the clot is in place, the hole is closing. By the time the clot has resolved, the hole has usually reduced in size to
the point where the symptoms of the PDPH have either disappeared or become tolerable. Of course, should the clot become dislodged during this period, the headache may return. ]
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