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Can epidurals cause vagal nerve damage?

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Dr. Gary Roach
Anesthesiology 43 years experience
No: The vagus nerve originates in the brain, so an injection affecting spinal nerves should have no effect.
Dr. Lewis Margolis
49 years experience
Epidural complicatio: Epidurals are injections of local anesthetics and/or steroids into the space superficial to the spinal fluid. I think any complication affecting the vagus nerve would involve insertion of the epidural needle and the patient's reaction to this - such as a vasovagal slowing of the heart rate or even fainting. An experienced anesthesiologist can easily treat this complication.

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