Epidural abscess associated with cervical epidural catheter

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu 807-8555.
Masui. The Japanese journal of anesthesiology 05/2009; 58(4):453-5.
Source: PubMed


An 81-year-old female patient underwent arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff and provided cervical epidural catheterization for postoperative analgesia. On postoperative day (POD) 4 she developed fever and complained of neck pain and numbness in her fingers. Magnetic resonance imaging showed cervical epidural abscess at C6-7. Surgical decompression was performed and antibiotics were given to the patient on POD 5. Fortunately, she recovered fully from the symptoms after the surgery and no neurological deficit remained at discharge.

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