A retained epidural catheter fragment treated by surgery

Kiyoshi Tarukado, Takaaki Oda, Osamu Tono, Hiroyuki Suetsugu, Toshio Doi

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The breakage of an epidural catheter is an extremely rare complication. We describe a unique case where a retained epidural catheter fragment after epidural anesthesia was treated by surgery. The epidural catheter broke during its removal, requiring surgery to remove the retained catheter. Intraoperatively, the removal of the catheter was attempted by simple traction, but was impossible because of the adhesion. The adhesion of the dura mater surface was carefully exfoliated and the successful removal of the catheter was accomplished. Conventionally, it was said that this follow-up was enough for the retained catheter. However, if a catheter is retained within the spinal canal, surgical removal should thus be considered before the adhesion advances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-464
Number of pages4
JournalAsian Spine Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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