CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 108-110

Fracture of epidural catheter: A case report and review of literature


1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Heritage Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Heritage Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Department of Anaesthesiology, Heritage Institute of Medical Sciences, Mohansarai-Ramnagar Bypass, Bhadwar, Varanasi - 221 311, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.197359

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Epidural blocks are a very important part of the anesthetic armamentarium. Among some of the known complications, fracture of epidural catheter, though is extremely rare, is a well-established entity. When it happens, it leaves the anesthesiologist puzzled and worried. We describe the occurrence of such an event where epidural catheter broke during insertion since it will also add to such an under-reported complication of a very commonly performed procedure. A brief review is also done which will delineate the recommendations for the prevention and management of such an event.


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