Thursday, 3 May 2007

Large prospective survey of epidural complications

The May issue of Anesthesiology reports the findings of a 16 year survey of 8,210 epidurals for postoperative analgesia from David Scott's group at St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. From this data there were, two spinal hematomas (1:4,105) and six epidural abscesses (1:1,368). Only one patient required surgical decompression. There were no long-term neurologic sequelae in any patient.

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