Journal article

An audit of accidental dural puncture during epidural insertion of a Tuohy needle in obstetric patients

M Paech, S Banks, L Gurrin

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRIC ANESTHESIA | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

We report a prospective audit of 100 parturients who experienced accidental dural puncture by a Tuohy needle, while attending a tertiary referral obstetric unit during the period 1993-1999. The post dural puncture headache rate was 81% and the diagnosis of dural puncture was delayed until presentation of the headache in 27% of these cases. The incidence of unrecognised dural puncture was not influenced by the technique used for identification of the epidural space. Intraspinal opioid administration after dural puncture was associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of headache (P < 0.04). There was no association between mode of delivery and post dural puncture headache. Delibe..

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