Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation

Breakage of an Epidural Catheter Inserted for Labor Analgesia


Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Şifa University Hospital, İzmir, Turkey


Clinic of Neurosurgery, Şifa University Hospital, İzmir, Turkey

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2015; 43: 282-284
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2015.48902
Read: 765 Downloads: 158 Published: 30 September 2019

The breakage of an epidural catheter, which is usually not noticed, is a rare but important complication encountered while inserting or removing the catheter during epidural blockade. While the epidural catheter was being inserted for labor analgesia, despite no problem being encountered in advancing the catheter, it was drawn back to verify the location; it was observed that 2 cm of the distal end of the catheter was missing. A neurosurgical consultation was requested; it was reported that the broken piece would not create any problems and reintervention could be performed for labor analgesia. An epidural catheter was reinserted and was used for analgesia without any problem until delivery. Although nine months have passed, no problem was defined by the patient. If epidural catheter has to be removed while the Tuohy needle is still in place, we recommend that they should be removed together to minimize the risk of a possible breakage. We think that the decision for surgery and imaging can be performed based on the individual patient’s clinical picture.

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