Cheah Kean Seng1*, Chiang Chung Fai1, Lim Wee Leong1 and Thuraikumar Kanniah2
1Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Hospital Sungai Buloh, Malaysia 2Department of Orthopedic, Hospital Sungai Buloh, MalaysiaFulltext PDF
We present an uncommon complication of knotted epidural catheter which was inserted for labor analgesia. Adjustment of the catheter length while sitting the epidural proved to be difficult. Common techniques described in the literature were unsuccessful. Post-delivery lumbosacral CT showed the catheter had a coiled tip. The catheter was removed surgically. Excessive traction on a coiled catheter may result in breakage of the catheter. Practitioners should be mindful that such a complication can occur, and that surgical intervention may be warranted.
Epidural; Labor analgesia; Anesthesia
Seng CK, Fai CC, Leong LW, Kanniah T. Case Report: A Rare Complication of Knotted Epidural Catheter Inserted for Labor Analgesia. Ann Clin Anesth Res. 2021;5(1):1036..