Serious spinal cord injury due to haematomyelia caused by spinal anaesthesia in a patient treated with low-dose heparin.

Abstract

Failed spinal anaesthesia for left total hip arthroplasty was followed postoperatively by dense motor paralysis and sensory deficit in the right leg. The patient had received a dose of subcutaneous heparin 1 h before the spinal anaesthetic was attempted. She died of pulmonary embolism on the ninth postoperative day. At autopsy extensive haematomyelia was found in relation to the needle track.

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@article{Greaves1997SeriousSC, title={Serious spinal cord injury due to haematomyelia caused by spinal anaesthesia in a patient treated with low-dose heparin.}, author={J David Greaves}, journal={Anaesthesia}, year={1997}, volume={52 2}, pages={150-4} }