Editor-in-Chief: Kenneth D. Candido, MD
A postdural puncture headache (PDPH) is a well-described complication after implantation of an intrathecal drug delivery system (IDDS). Treatment is typically with supportive management with the occasional need for an epidural blood patch. We describe a case of a patient with refractory muscle spasticity secondary to cerebral palsy that required a baclofen IDDS implantation and subsequently developed a PDPH. After failing conservative therapy as well as an epidural blood patch, the decision was made to attempt an epidural fibrin patch, which transiently improved her headache. Upon return of the patient’s symptoms, computed tomography myelogram demonstrated an extensive cerebrospinal fluid leak with ventral spread into the retroperitoneal space. Using a novel technique, a second epidural fibrin glue patch was administered just adjacent to the IDDS catheter insertion point, which was then successful in resolving her symptoms.
KEY WORDS: Intrathecal drug delivery system, postdural puncture headache, dural tear, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, fibrin glue, epidural blood patch