Chapter 16. Postdural Puncture Headache

  1. Stephen H. Halpern1 and
  2. M. Joanne Douglas2
  1. Peter T-L. Choi and
  2. Stefan Lucas

Published Online: 12 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470988343.ch16

Evidence-based Obstetric Anesthesia

Evidence-based Obstetric Anesthesia

How to Cite

Choi, P. T.-L. and Lucas, S. (2005) Postdural Puncture Headache, in Evidence-based Obstetric Anesthesia (eds S. H. Halpern and M. J. Douglas), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470988343.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Director of Obstetrical Anaesthesia, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  2. 2

    Clinical Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, University of British Columbia and British Columbia's Women's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727917348

Online ISBN: 9780470988343



  • postdural puncture headache (PDPH);
  • accidental dural puncture;
  • epidural saline;
  • sumatriptan;
  • epidural blood patch


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Identification of postdural puncture headache literature

  • Definition and clinical features

  • Onset and duration

  • Risk factors

  • Management

  • Conclusions