Puerperal women are reported to have a rate of cerebral infarction 13 times greater than nonpregnant females. We report a case of cerebral ischaemia in a 30-yr-old healthy parturient after epidural analgesia for labour, complicated by dural puncture treated with two epidural blood patches. Investigations showed the development of cerebral ischaemia on postpartum day 14. A transcranial Doppler ultrasonography showed vasospasm of the left middle cerebral artery still present at 3-month follow-up. At 1-yr follow-up, the patient had homonymous hemianopsia. We discuss the possible causative mechanism of the cerebral ischaemia in relation to the dural puncture and epidural blood patch.
- Analgesia, obstetric
- Brain, cerebral ischaemia
- Complications, dural puncture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine