Permanent paralysis caused by epidural hematoma after tunneled catheter placement

Alina Lazar*, Johal Gurbir, Magdalena Anitescu

*Corresponding author for this work

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The risk of neurologic dysfunction from hemorrhagic complications of epidural placement is unknown but may be higher than previously reported. The occurrence and the extent of damage caused by spinal epidural hematoma depend on an amalgam of factors such as patient characteristics, clinical judgment, technical skills of the physician, materials and equipment, patient supervision, and care pathways. Lack of recognition and treatment at an early stage may result in catastrophic outcomes, such as permanent loss of function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenging Cases and Complication Management in Pain Medicine
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319600727
ISBN (Print)9783319600703
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Anticoagulants
  • Complications in pain management
  • Epidural catheter
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Imaging
  • Paraplegia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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