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Br J Anaesth. 2002 Mar;88(3):438-40.

Lumbar ependymoma presenting with paraplegia following attempted spinal anaesthesia.

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Department of Neurosurgery, University of Leipzig, Germany.


Neurological deterioration from intraspinal haematoma following insertion of a spinal needle is extremely rare. We present the case of a 28-yr-old female, who presented with complete paraplegia following attempted spinal anaesthesia for delivery of her third child. Space-occupying iatrogenic spinal haemorrhage from a previously undiagnosed lumbar ependymoma was found to be the precipitating cause. Following laminotomy with blood clot and tumour removal her neurological function improved.

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