Retained epidural catheter: A rare complication. Report of two cases

  • Rodrigo A. Molina-García Campeche General Specialties Hospital, Campeche, Mexico
  • Ana Catalina Muñoz Martínez Christus Muguerza Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Roxanna Hoyos-Pescador Christus Muguerza Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Ramón De la Torre-Espinosa Campeche General Specialties Hospital, Campeche, Mexico
Keywords: Anesthesia epidural, Catheters, Epidural space, Postoperative complications, Rupture

Abstract

Introduction: Inserting a catheter into the epidural space is an anesthetic technique, not exempt from complications. Catheter knotting and retention are rare complications.

Clinical findings, diagnostic evaluation and interventions: Two cases of epidural catheter-associated complications are discussed. The first was due to the development of a spontaneous knot and the second due to retention and t hen rupture; both cases required surgical removal.

Conclusion. To prevent these potential complications, refrain from passing excessive catheter length and do not leave more than 5 cm of catheter into the epidural space. If a catheter cannot be easily removed, try using several maneuvers and if these fail or there is any pain or paresthesia, diagnostic imaging is required to locate the catheter and request neurosurgery support.

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Molina-García RA, Muñoz Martínez AC, Hoyos-Pescador R, De la Torre-Espinosa R. Retained epidural catheter: A rare complication. Report of two cases. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2017Apr.1 [cited 2021May12];45(Supplement):4 -7. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/427

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2017-04-01
How to Cite
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Molina-García RA, Muñoz Martínez AC, Hoyos-Pescador R, De la Torre-Espinosa R. Retained epidural catheter: A rare complication. Report of two cases. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2017Apr.1 [cited 2021May12];45(Supplement):4 -7. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/427
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