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Keywords:

  • Spinal anaesthesia;
  • lumbar subarachnoid hematoma;
  • cerebral subarachnoid haemorrhage and vascular surgery

We report the case of a woman who received spinal anaesthesia for peripheral vascular surgery of the lower limbs and subsequently developed a spinal subarachnoid haematoma. Interestingly, low back pain was the only symptom of this spinal subarachnoid haemorrhage. During the following days, blood migrated from the spinal haematoma towards the cerebral subarachnoid spaces. The patient presented with stupor, nausea and vomiting that resolved within 2 weeks with conservative treatment.