Difficult removal of a wire-reinforced epidural catheter

Harold L. Pierre, Brian M. Block, Christopher L. Wu

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We report a case of epidural catheter shearing, an uncommon complication of removal of a wire-reinforced epidural catheter. The catheter was removed without incident, and with the tip intact, after we allowed the patient to relax for 3 hours, placing the patient in the lateral decubitus position, and placing continuous tension on the catheter itself so as to let it "work its way out".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-141
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Anesthesia
  • Catheterization
  • Epidural
  • Obstetric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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