CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neuroanaesth Crit Care
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1740204
Case Report

Transient Paraplegia following Labor Epidural Analgesia

Anitha Prashanth
1   Department of Anaesthesia, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi, India
Murali Chakravarthy
2   Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Fortis Hospital,New Delhi, India
Priya Motiani
2   Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Fortis Hospital,New Delhi, India
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Neurological complications following labor epidural analgesia have varied outcomes. While most of the complications resolve spontaneously, a few cases may need appropriate intervention to prevent the progression of transient deficit to a permanent sequela. There have been case reports of permanent damage as well. Here we present a report of a parturient who developed flaccid paraplegia following labor epidural but recovered completely after catheter removal. Catheter-related neurological complications do occur and irritation of the anterior spinal artery causing transient paraplegia was considered as a possible etiology here.

Publication History

Article published online:
22 February 2022

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