Journal article

Fracture of an epidural catheter inserted for labour analgesia

P Rajendra, P Popham

ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE CARE | AUSTRALIAN SOC ANAESTHETISTS | Published : 2008

Abstract

A primiparous 28-year-old woman undergoing augmentation of labour requested epidural analgesia. During the apparently uneventful insertion, the catheter snapped and a fragment was retained in her back. The management options for labour analgesia, the optimal methods of locating the retained fragment and the indications for surgical removal are discussed.