Lumbar blood patching for proximal CSF leaks: Where does the blood go?

Cassie Nesbitt, Shalini Amukotuwa, Caron Chapman, Peter Batchelor

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Epidural blood patching (EBP) is an important therapeutic approach in managing spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks. The mechanism of action of blood patching is likely to be twofold; fluid replacement having an immediate tamponade effect and the proximal flow of blood products having a 'plug' effect. The negative pressure gradient within the epidural space may be important to the rostral flow of injected blood and is possibly increased in intracranial hypotension.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA287
Number of pages3
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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