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Pneumocephalus after epidural injections
  1. R B Nolan,
  2. D A Masneri,
  3. D Pesce
  1. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, USA
  1. Dr R B Nolan, 209 Liscio Loop, Georgetown, TX 78628, USA; irisherdo{at}

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Two cases of pneumocephalus are described, one after epidural anaesthesia and one after a steroid injection in the lumbar spine.

The first case was a 28-year-old woman who presented with a severe headache, numbness in the upper extremities, photophobia and vomiting 3 days post partum from a vaginal delivery and an epidural anaesthesia. The second case was a 37-year-old-man who had recently been treated in a local pain clinic with lumbar steroid injections and who presented 24 h …

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  • Patient consent: Content was obtained to publish the details of these two cases.