Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia

, 36:705

Postpartum Headache Following Regional Analgesia; A Symptom of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

  • Ram S. Ravindran
  • Gregory C. Zandstra
  • Oscar J. Viegas
Clinical Reports

Abstract

In this report we describe a patient who developed severe headache following uneventful continuous epidural analgesia for labour and delivery. Initially it was thought that she had a spinal headache. However, with the aid of Magnetic Resonance Imaging the diagnosis of cerebral venous thrombosis was later established. The entity of cerebral venous thrombosis, its manifestation, pathology, diagnosis and treatment are discussed.

Key words

Anaesthesia: obstetric Anaesthetic Techniques: epidural, spinal, lumbar Complications: headache, seizure, thrombosis, cerebral venous 

Résumé

On décrit dans ce papier le cas d’une patient qui a développé une céphalée sévère après une analgésie épidurale continue sans problème lors du travail et de l’accouchement. Au début on pensait que la douleur était d’origine rachidienne, cependant avec l’aide de la résonance magnétique le diagnostic d’une trombose cérébrate veineuse fut plus tard établi. La thrombose veineuse cérébrate et ses manifestations, pathologie, diagnostic et traitement sont discutés.

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© Canadian Anesthesiologists 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ram S. Ravindran
    • 1
  • Gregory C. Zandstra
    • 1
  • Oscar J. Viegas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaIndiana University Medical CenterIndianapolis

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