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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0520103040.
Published online Oct 28, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.05.2010.3040
PMCID: PMC3030295
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Recurrent spontaneous intracranial hypotension in early pregnancy
Emer McGrath,1 Thomas S Monaghan,1 Michael Alexander,2 and Michal J Hennessy1
1Department of Neurology, University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland
2Department of Neurophysiology, Tallaght General Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Correspondence to Emer McGrath, emermc.grath/at/
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) is an uncommon condition characterised by postural headache secondary to low cerebrospinal fluid pressure. Here we present a case of recurrence of SIH in early pregnancy in a 26-year-old woman. She first presented at the age of 21 years at 15 weeks’ gestation with a history of headache, nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness and photophobia. Findings from a MRI brain scan led to a diagnosis of SIH. She was treated with autologous epidural blood patching and remained asymptomatic until her second pregnancy 5 years later, when she re-presented at 16 weeks’ gestation with similar symptoms. She was again diagnosed with SIH and required a repeat treatment of autologous epidural blood patching. She subsequently remained symptom free and delivered a healthy boy at term.
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