Management practices for postdural puncture headache in obstetrics: a prospective, international, cohort study, Gupta et al. Br J Anaesth. 2020 Dec;125(6):1045-1055 

Factors associated with failed epidural blood patch after accidental dural puncture in obstetrics: a prospective, multicentre, international cohort study, Gupta A et al.  Br J Anaesth. 2022 Nov;129(5):758-766 

Study selected by ESAIC Research Committee:2014 

Study protocol v1.1:06 November 2015 

Study CRF v1.2:16 November 2015 

Recruitment of patients:January 2016 – December 2018 

Paper Submission: April 2020 

Paper Publication: December 2020  


The aims of the EPIMAP study are:

  • to identify risk factors for failure of epidural blood patch in the obstetric population for management of post-dural puncture headache.
  • to describe European practices in the management of accidental dural puncture in the Obstetric population.

List of Chief investigator and Steering Committee members

Anil Gupta (Chief Investigator) (Sweden), Seppo Alahuhta (Finland), Michela Camorcia (Italy), Roshan Fernando (United Kingdom), Anders Magnusson (Statistician) (Sweden), Frederic J. Mercier (France), Alexandra Schyns-van den Berg (Netherlands), Marc Van de Velde (Belgium), Christian von Heymann (Germany). 


European Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Trial Network

Contact email for more info => research@esaic.org

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