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2022 Mar 25

Reg Anesth Pain Med

Long-term complications of unintentional dural puncture during labor epidural analgesia: a case-control study.


Lacombe A, Downey K, Ye XY, Carvalho J C
Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2022 Mar 25.
PMID: 35338103.


Epidural analgesia is the preferred method to manage pain during labor and delivery. The insertion of the epidural catheter can be complicated by unintentional dural puncture that may result in postdural puncture headache. There is limited evidence on the long-term implications of this complication. We sought to investigate if women who sustained a dural puncture have a higher risk of developing chronic headache, low back pain and visual or auditory impairment.