Vascular trauma associated with routine spinal anaesthesia

  title={Vascular trauma associated with routine spinal anaesthesia},
  author={Premere Knowles and Neil Randall and Alan S Lockhart},
  volume={54 7},
Samples of cerebrospinal fluid obtained from 130 patients undergoing spinal anaesthesia were examined microscopically. Subarachnoid puncture was performed using either a 25G Whitacre or 25G Quincke spinal needle. Two samples were collected from each patient and the red blood cell count of the second sample collected was taken as a measure of the vascular trauma associated with the procedure. Red blood cells were seen in 50 (38%) of these samples, of which 18 (14%) contained > 100 red blood… CONTINUE READING