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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2016, Article ID 5789504, 4 pages
Case Report

Epidural Anesthesia Complicated by Subdural Hygromas and a Subdural Hematoma

1Monash Health, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Melbourne, VIC 3168, Australia
2Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia

Received 15 June 2016; Accepted 1 August 2016

Academic Editor: Ehab Farag

Copyright © 2016 Christine Vien et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Inadvertent dural puncture during epidural anesthesia leads to intracranial hypotension, which if left unnoticed can cause life-threatening subdural hematomas or cerebellar tonsillar herniation. The highly variable presentation of intracranial hypotension hinders timely diagnosis and treatment. We present the case of a young laboring adult female, who developed subdural hygromas and a subdural hematoma following unintentional dural puncture during initiation of epidural anesthesia.