Pneumocephaly from epidural anesthesia.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

An elderly woman who had spinal epidural anesthesia thereafter had headache, anorexia, nausea and vomiting, dehydration, seizures, and cardiovascular collapse. CAT scan revealed air in the posterior fossa, probably caused by intradural injection of air during epidural anesthesia. We propose that this may be an occasional cause of headache or more substantial complications after epidural anesthesia, and suggest that CAT scanning may be helpful in identifying this complication.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harrell, LE; Drake, ME; Massey, EW

Published Date

  • March 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 399 - 400

PubMed ID

  • 6828909

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-4348

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00007611-198303000-00031


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States