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An Entrapped Epidural Catheter in a Postpartum Patient
  1. Elizabeth F. Jongleux, M.D.,
  2. Robert Miller, D.O. and
  3. Anthony Freeman, D.O.
  1. From the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.
  1. Reprint requests: Robert Miller, D.O., Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University Medical Center, 410 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.


Background and Objectives Epidural catheters are seldom difficult to remove from patients. In fact, a review of the literature demonstrates only a few cases pertaining to epidurals and the unusual complication of catheter entrapment.

Methods This case report involves an uncomplicated obstetric patient who had an epidural placed for labor and in whom multiple attempts were needed to remove the catheter.

  • epidural catheter
  • postpartum patient

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  • This study was presented at the Midwest Anesthesiology Residents’ Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 27-29, 1998.