UC Health team uses blood patch to help local mom stop head pain
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local mom says her headaches have been cured thanks to a unique procedure from UC Health.
It seems that newer imaging techniques are leading to a quick cure.
Leah Flick always loved music, but when daily headaches began to get in the way of time with her family and the orchestra concerts of her daughters, she knew she had to do something.
"I could almost anticipate it was gonna happen, and it pretty much did every day,” said Leah Flick.
The strangest thing about her headache pain was that she said she could make it go away.
"I could actually get rid of it in a minute,” said Leah Flick.
But that was only if she could lie down, something that Dr. Mike Hazenfield a neuroradiologist, says is quite common for a certain type of a headache called a “CSF headache.”
"CSF is ‘Cerebral Spinal Fluid,’ that’s the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord,” said Dr. Hazenfield.
In some patients, such as Leah, imaging tests can show him if that fluid is too low or leaking, causing what's called a low-pressure headache.
"We can do a procedure called an epidural blood patch and seal off the leak,” said Dr. Hazenfield.
Dr. Hazenfield removes a patient’s own blood and then, under X-RAY guidance, injects it back into what's called the “epidural space.”
It's theorized that when you are injecting blood, into the epidural space you are increasing the pressure and volume in that space.
The low-pressure headaches can come on suddenly or could be caused by a previous spine injury.
Sometimes the procedure needs to be done more than once for patients.