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Complete paraplegia as a result of regional anesthesia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11112204     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Complications after spinal or epidural anesthesia are rare. We report 2 cases of postoperative, complete paraplegia after regional anesthesia in orthopaedic patients not on anticoagulants. The paralysis was likely the result of spinal cord compression secondary to an epidural hematoma in 1 case and subdural hematoma in 1 case. A review of the literature regarding complications of regional anesthesia is presented. Regional anesthesia should be administered with caution and in selected patients.
C C Stroud; D Markel; K Sidhu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of arthroplasty     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0883-5403     ISO Abbreviation:  J Arthroplasty     Publication Date:  2000 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-16     Completed Date:  2001-01-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703515     Medline TA:  J Arthroplasty     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1064-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, Epidural / adverse effects*
Anesthesia, Spinal / adverse effects*
Hematoma, Epidural, Cranial / etiology
Hematoma, Subdural / etiology
Paraplegia / etiology*
Spinal Cord Compression / etiology

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