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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Jul;25(7):467-8. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181ab8325.

Epidural cerebrospinal fluid collection after lumbar puncture.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. aronsonp@email.chop.edu


Lumbar puncture is a common procedure in the emergency department. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak through a dural tear can cause transient side effects including headache and backache, although more severe symptoms may occur. These CSF collections can be managed nonoperatively without any neurologic sequelae. We report a patient with a symptomatic epidural CSF collection after diagnostic lumbar puncture, followed by a brief review of the literature including discussion of techniques that can reduce CSF leak.

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