Headache after dural puncture subarachnoid hemorrhage posing as meningitis

Authors

  • Nishant Sahay Department of anesthesia, AIIMS, Phulwarisharif, Patna- 801505, Bihar, India
  • Mamta Bara Department of anesthesia, AIIMS, Phulwarisharif, Patna- 801505, Bihar, India
  • Umesh K. Bhadani Department of anesthesia, AIIMS, Phulwarisharif, Patna- 801505, Bihar, India
  • Pallavi Singh Department of anesthesia, AIIMS, Phulwarisharif, Patna- 801505, Bihar, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2349-2902.isj20173906

Keywords:

Meningitis, Post dural puncture headache, Precipitating factors

Abstract

Headache after neuraxial blocks is a common complication. This case discussion highlights an important diagnostic dilemma when a sentinel subarachnoid hemorrhage mimics meningitis after spinal anesthesia. A patient presented with features of meningismus after spinal anesthesia. To confirm diagnosis, a second dural tap was done which resulted in a frank sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. This correspondence highlight importance of early vascular imaging when a patient presents with atypical headache after a dural puncture.

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Published

2017-08-24

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Case Reports