• J Clin Anesth · Nov 2016

    Comparative Study

    Transnasal sphenopalatine ganglion block for the treatment of postdural puncture headache in obstetric patients.

    • Sheffield Kent and Gregory Mehaffey.
    • Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. Electronic address: skent@uams.edu.
    • J Clin Anesth. 2016 Nov 1; 34: 194-6.

    Study ObjectiveTo demonstrate a possible alternative treatment for postdural puncture headache (PDPH).DesignPostdural puncture headache is a common complication associated with neuraxial anesthesia and unintentional dural puncture. Epidural blood patch (EBP) is the standard therapy for PDPH but has risks including pain, dural puncture, and infection. Transnasal sphenopalatine ganglion block (SPGB) has been successfully used to treat migraine, cluster headache, and trigeminal neuralgia. This is a small case series in which SPGB was used to treat PDPH in 3 obstetric patients.SettingLabor and delivery suite.PatientsThree postpartum patients with PDPH were studied. One patient was American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 1, and the other 2 were American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 2.InterventionsTransnasal SPGB using cotton-tipped applicators and 2% viscous lidocaine was performed on all 3 patients.MeasurementsHeight, weight, and vital signs were measured on all patients. In addition, the numeric rating scale (0-10) was used to quantify the pain level while in the sitting position preprocedure, immediately postprocedure, 24 hours postprocedure, and 48 hours postprocedure.Main ResultsAll 3 patients had significant pain relief following the SPGB without the need for EBP.ConclusionsWhen comparing the risks of a transnasal SPGB, which include bleeding and temporary discomfort, against those of an EBP, which are documented as dural puncture, neurologic complications, bleeding, and infection, it seems reasonable to offer the SPGB before EBP.Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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