Co-incidental diagnosis of an extradural abscess while siting an extradural catheter for postoperative analgesia.

Abstract

Extradural abscess is a rare but serious complication of the extradural route of administration of analgesic drugs. We report a case of spontaneous extradural abscess diagnosed during placement of an extradural catheter for analgesia after a negative diagnostic laparotomy. Magnetic resonance imaging is the usual diagnostic tool of choice. This, and subsequent surgery, confirmed the diagnosis suspected after drainage of pus through the Tuohy needle.

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@article{Mercer1998CoincidentalDO, title={Co-incidental diagnosis of an extradural abscess while siting an extradural catheter for postoperative analgesia.}, author={M Mercer and A H McIndoe}, journal={British journal of anaesthesia}, year={1998}, volume={80 6}, pages={845-7} }