Gender and post-dural puncture headache

Christopher L. Wu, Andrew J. Rowlingson, Seth R. Cohen, Robert K. Michaels, Genevieve E. Courpas, Emily M. Joe, Spencer S. Liu

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Gender is believed to be an independent risk factor for the development of post-dural puncture headache, but there are some of the inconsistencies in the available data. This systematic review examined a total of 18 trials (2,163 males, 1,917 females). The odds of developing a post-dural puncture headache were significantly lower for male than nonpregnant female subjects (odds ratio = 0.55; 95% confidence interval, 0.44-0.67). Although the authors found that nonpregnant female subjects seem to have a higher incidence of post-dural puncture headache than males, the etiology behind these findings is not clear from the current meta-analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-618
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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