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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome following an inadvertent dural puncture during an emergency laparotomy for ischemic colitis – a case report

Authors Shah R, Kubisz-Pudelko A, Reid J

Received 15 November 2013

Accepted for publication 27 November 2013

Published 20 January 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 1—4

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/LRA.S57660

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Reena Shah, Agnieszka Kubisz-Pudelko, Jeremy Reid

Yeovil District Hospital, Yeovil, UK

Abstract: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinico-neuroradiological syndrome characterized by various symptoms of neurological disease. It has commonly been reported in association with acute hypertension, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, sepsis, and exposure to immunosuppressants. Here, we report on a normotensive woman who developed a severe frontal headache, visual disturbances, and hypertension 3 days after undergoing an emergency laparotomy for ischemic colitis during which she suffered an inadvertent dural puncture. Neuro-imaging revealed features consistent with PRES. The patient went on to make a good recovery, being discharged 21 days postoperatively, with only minor visual disturbances and memory problems. This case highlights the importance of awareness of PRES to all specialties. On reviewing the literature, we feel that PRES may be a potential differential diagnosis to post-procedural neurological symptoms in those patients undergoing routine procedures such as spinal anesthetics or lumbar punctures.

Keywords: PRES, neurological disease, lumbar puncture, spinal anesthetic


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