Postdural puncture headache with abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Dural puncture or a rent in the dura with prolonged cerebrospinal fluid leakage may cause noninfectious arachnoiditis and may be associated with urinary and fecal incontinence. Visceral dysfunction is common for patients with noninfectious arachnoiditis of the lumbosacral nerve roots after dural puncture. We report a case of postdural puncture headache associated with abdominal pain and diarrhea. An epidural blood patch was performed, and all symptoms resolved after 5 days. After exclusion of organic and psychological disorders, this treatment might be considered for patients who are experiencing abdominal pain and diarrhea after dural puncture.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yang, C-P; Lee, C-H; Borel, CO; Yeh, C-C; Lu, C-H; Wong, C-S; Wu, C-T

Published Date

  • March 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 100 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 879 - 881

PubMed ID

  • 15728082

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15728082

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-2999

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/01.ANE.0000143569.63214.04


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States