Table 3 : Overview of reported reasons for the removal of the epidural
catheter in groups 1 and 2 (≤24h and >24 to ≤48h, respectively).
Data are numbers and percentages.


Reason Incidence %

Pain/inadequate block 38 43.2%
Hypotension 14 15.9%
Technical failure 13 14.8%
Interfering with mobilization (i.e. requested
removal/overt motor block)
10 11.4%
Fever 5 5.7%
Respirator 1 1.1%
Not recorded 7 8.0%

Koolwijk et al.Journal of Anesthesiology and Clinical Science  2013 2:27DOI : 10.7243/2049-9752-2-27