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Epidural Blood Patch Treatment Procedure

An epidural blood patch treatment is a procedure performed to relieve spinal headaches which sometimes occur after a myelogram, epidural steroid injection, spinal anesthesia or back surgery. This type of headache occurs when there is a tear or hole in the membrane that covers the spinal cord, causing a spinal fluid leak. During the epidural blood patch procedure, blood will be drawn from your arm and injected near the site of the previous injection. With the epidural blood patch procedure, the blood injected in the epidural space will then patch the tear or hole in the membrane.