I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week


Int Med Case Rep J


Case Report: Epidural Abscess Following Obstetric Epidural Anesthesia in Vietnam.


Nguyen L D, Vo T T, Tran C V, Hoang T T-T, Vu P X, To K D, Doan H T-N, Nguyen A D
Int Med Case Rep J. 2021; 14:301-305.
PMID: 34012298.


Epidural abscess after obstetric epidural anesthesia occurs infrequently and may result in severe morbidity. We report a clinical case of an epidural abscess in Vietnam. A 31-year-old woman who was in labor was admitted to our hospital and given epidural anesthesia indicated to relieve labor pain. After three hours of anesthesia, cesarean section was indicated for the patient due to signs of fetal failure, the epidural catheter was then used to relieve pain for the first 48 hours postoperatively. On post-partum day 5 she presented with high fever of 39-40°C, fatigue, stimulation, dyspnea, and lumbar pain. The patient then suffered from sepsis and lower limb paralysis. She was diagnosed with epidural abscess based on the MRI of the lumbar spine. The abscess was treated by surgery for draining and appropriate antibiotics with a satisfactory outcome as she completely recovered her motor function and stable health status.