Subdural hematoma following lumbar puncture

Arch Intern Med. 2002 Sep 9;162(16):1904-5. doi: 10.1001/archinte.162.16.1904.


A post-dural puncture headache is a potential complication of a lumbar puncture. Physicians should be able to readily diagnose and treat this potential complication. Described here is a patient who developed an unresolving post-dural puncture headache that then developed into a subdural hematoma. A subdural hematoma is a rare complication following lumbar punctures. Unresolving headaches following a lumbar puncture should prompt aggressive investigation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Headache / etiology*
  • Hematoma, Subdural / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Spinal Puncture / adverse effects*