Interested medical professionals can read the full paper, also published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, here.
A 40-yr-old woman received a series of three interlaminar epidural steroid injections for the treatment of axial neck pain secondary to degenerative disc disease. Immediately after her third injection, she experienced symptoms of a dural puncture-induced headache. This headache persisted on a daily basis for 3 mos, despite two epidural blood patches using an interlaminar approach, which was finally completely abated with a transforaminal blood patch. The headache was immediately relieved and remained alleviated through the follow-up interval of 1 yr. In this patient, a fluoroscopically guided transforaminal epidural blood patch proved to be more effective than the classic blind interlaminar approach in the treatment of post-dural puncture headache.
About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology exposure. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and info. tech meet – and is uniquely educated at the intersection of these three professions. He has experience as Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences & Admissions Committee Member at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Visiting Spine Surgeon & Professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Biomedical Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
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Scientific Paper Author & Citation Details
- Penn Spine Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, White Building, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.