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Headache after Lumbar Puncture Risk Factors

Risk factors for a spinal headache include:

  • Presence of a headache before the spinal tap or spinal injection
  • Age under 30 years
  • Low body weight

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Last Updated: Aug 1, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Headache after Lumbar Puncture References
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