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Anaesthesia. 1997 Feb;52(2):163-5.

An epidural abscess due to resistant Staphylococcus aureus following epidural catheterisation.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesiology, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

We report a case of abscess formation after epidural analgesia, a rare complication that developed in our patient 13 days after placement of a thoracic epidural catheter for patient controlled analgesia. Culture of the pus grew methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Although early diagnosis and rapid management have been reported to yield a satisfactory outcome, the case we describe ended in severe sequelae.

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