Background and Objectives. A case is described of an accidental high thoracic epidural infusion of 337.5 mg 0.75% bupivacaine and 180 μg sufentanil in less than 30 minutes. It occurred in a post-thoracotomy patient with lung cancer.
Results. Severe hypotension and an extensive sensory and motor block developed. Only a mild respiratory depression was seen. The patient recovered after treatment without adverse sequelae.
- accidental high infusion rate
- toxic effects.
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