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Sphenopalatine ganglion block for treatment of post-dural puncture headache

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In this review, we discuss transnasal sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block: a new, simple and minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) by applying local anaesthesia through the patient's nose to the nasopharynx. PDPH is a severe and disabling complication sometimes caused by lumbar puncture or unintentional dural puncture. Current treatment includes epidural blood patch, which is an invasive and resource-demanding procedure with the potential of causing severe complications such as infection and paralysis. SPG block seems to be effective and may ease and improve the treatment of PDPH.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Volume181
Issue number19
ISSN0041-5782
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2019

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