Epidural Hematoma Secondary to Removal of an Epidural Catheter After a Total Knee Replacement

Varitimidis, Sokratis E.; Paterakis, Konstantinos; Dailiana, Zoe H.; Hantes, Michalis; Georgopoulou, Stavroula
September 2007
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Sep2007, Vol. 89-A Issue 9, p2048
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 68 year-old man who suffered from epidural hematoma and paraplegia after removing an epidural catheter that was inserted to his body to provide continuous analgesia after a surgery. Prior to that, the man underwent a total knee replacement after being diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis. The article discusses that the rate of bleeding complications related to epidural anesthesia may result to severe neurologic deficit such as paraplegia.


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