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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 200-202

Post-dural puncture headache following caesarean section in Nigerian parturients: A comparison of two spinal needles

Department of Anaesthesia, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port, Harcourt

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S Fyneface-Ogan
Department of Anaesthesia, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port, Harcourt

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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of needle diameter of the same tip configuration in the causation of Post Dural Puncture Headache (PDPH). METHODS: This prospective, single blind, randomised study compares the incidence of PDPH from two spinal needles (Becton Dickinson Whitacre sizes 25 G and 26 G needles) in obstetric patients. One hundred women undergoing elective and emergency Caesarean delivery under spinal anaesthesia were recruited. Each of the patients was interviewed using a standard questionnaire and reviewed until the seventh day postoperative. Both intraoperative and postoperative complications that occur were promptly treated. RESULTS: There was no significant difference in the number of attempts at insertion in both groups, although a shorter time was achieved in group25. PDPH occurred in 6.0% of those in group25. CONCLUSION: There was no difference in the insertion characteristics between the two needles.

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