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An unusual complication following combined spinal-epidural anaesthesia for caesarean section.

Authors
  • Ferguson, S
  • Brighouse, D
  • Valentine, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1997
Volume
6
Issue
3
Pages
190–193
Identifiers
PMID: 15321282
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The combined spinal-epidural technique is widely used in obstetric anaesthetic practice. Epidural catheter migration through a dural hole is a theoretical but rarely described complication. We report a case of acute and life-threatening respiratory depression following administration of diamorphine through an epidural catheter after a single space combined spinal-epidural technique for caesarean section. We believe this complication occurred as a result of catheter migration through a dural hole into the subdural space and rupture of the thin arachnoid layer causing massive subarachnoid blockade.

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