Post-Spinal Tinnitus Requiring Treatment: Efficacy of Epidural Blood Patch: Case Report

Gungor I., Gunaydin B., Tas A., Dayanir H., Altinsoy A.

TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI, cilt.32, sa.2, ss.515-519, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 32 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5336/medsci.2009-16013
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.515-519


Auditory complications such as frequently seen headache, rarely seen tinnitus and/or sensorineural hearing loss are observed due to cerebrospinal fluid loss following spinal anesthesia. The aim of this case report is to present the efficiency of epidural blood patch in a 33-year-old, multiparous, term pregnant woman with complaints of bilateral tinnitus along with severe headache following spinal anesthesia for Caesarean section. An epidural blood patch was performed in order to treat post-spinal headache and bilateral tinnitus. Although post-spinal headache improved dramatically, improvement of tinnitus completely took a longer rime. In conclusion, treating post-spinal tinnitus effectively with epidural blood patch is very important in postpartum period because of possible increased risk of morbidity and negative effect on breast-feeding unless it treated completely.