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2019 Oct-Dec

J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol



Predictors of difficult epidural placement in pregnant women: A trainees’ perspective.


Rajagopalan S, Shah K, Guffey D, Tran C, Suresh M, Wali A
J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol. 2019 Oct-Dec; 35(4):548-552.
PMID: 31920244.


Epidural analgesia is believed to be the most difficult technique to learn for a trainee. The reason for this is not only inexperience of the provider and the complexity of the technique but also patient factors like obesity, spinal deformity and others which makes the epidural placement difficult. The aim of this study was to evaluate some of the common risk factors for difficult epidural placement as perceived by the anesthesia providers during training, with varying level of experience.