17 August 2010

Is an epidural safe?

An epidural is a very safe anaesthetic technique and serious complications are rare.

If certain basic precautions are taken it is a very safe anaesthetic technique. Serious complications are very rare. They are due to direct damage by the needle to the nerves or epidural cord, local infection, toxicity of the local anaesthetic and blood clot formation in the epidural space, which can compress and damage the spinal cord or local nerve roots.

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