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Anaesth Intensive Care. 1999 Dec;27(6):662-6.

Epidural abscess in an obstetric patient.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales.


Epidural abscess is a rare complication of epidural block and occasionally presents in the post partum period. A case is described where a thoracolumbar abscess presented with backache and headache 10 days after an apparently uneventful block for labour and caesarean section. The abscess was treated medically with a satisfactory outcome. The literature is reviewed in order to assess several recent reports of infectious complications of epidural block in obstetric patients.

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