What is Blood Patch?

Category: Procedures


Blood patches are performed for treatment of a persistent headache and nausea that sometimes follows a spinal puncture (tap). The procedure consists of an injection at the spinal tap site of a small quantity of the patient's own blood to patch the hole created by the spinal tap needle.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Headaches 3 1
Cerebrospinal fluid leak 2 0
Spinal tap headaches 2 0
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Blood Patch

Side effect Patients
Back pain 1
Spinal tap headaches 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Blood Patch.