Occurrence of Headache with and without Pillow Cushion in Supine Position after Spinal Anesthesia

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  • Devendra Maharjan Kathmandu Model Hospital, Kathmandu

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post-dural puncture headache, spinal anesthesia, supine, pillow cushion

Abstract

Aims: This study was designed to define the role of position in the occurrence of postdural puncture headache (PDPH) after spinal anesthesia.

Methods: This is a comparative study of 69 patients in each group with pillow cushion and without during spinal anesthesia in supine position for the patients scheduled for low abdominal and pelvic surgeries.

Results: Patients in both groups experienced headache (but not PDPH) after surgery with slightly higher (n=13, 18.84%) rate in strict supine position than with head rest using a pillow cushion (n=11, 15.94%). This was not statistically significant (p=0.65).

Conclusions: Supine position with a pillow cushion in the immediate post-spinal period caused a non-significant decrease in the incidence of headache and a significant increase in comfort. This study could not conclude whether a pillow cushion affects the occurrence of PDPH as there were no cases of PDPH in either group.

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Devendra Maharjan, Kathmandu Model Hospital, Kathmandu

Department of Anesthesiology

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Published

2018-01-15

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Maharjan, D. (2018). Occurrence of Headache with and without Pillow Cushion in Supine Position after Spinal Anesthesia. Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 12(1), 55–58. Retrieved from https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/NJOG/article/view/18983

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