Journal of Anesthesiology & Clinical Science

Journal of Anesthesiology & Clinical Science

ISSN 2049-9752

Back Pain Following Thoracic Epidural Placement-Now What?

Gregory Rose* and J.Thomas McLarney

Correspondence: Gregory Rose

Author Affiliations

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky college of Medicine, Kentucky, USA.


We describe a case of severe back pain following thoracic epidural placement. We discuss the differential for such a case, and the management as well.

One of the most feared complications of epidural placement is epidural hematoma. Back pain following epidural catheter placement can have several causes, from those of a trivial nature to those that are a true medical emergency, and can range in degree from mildly sore to excruciating in nature. We present a case of severe back pain shortly following epidural catheter placement that mimicked epidural hematoma but was not.

ISSN 2049-9752
Volume 1
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