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What is the incidence of complications resulting from epidurals?

What is the incidence of complications resulting from epidurals?

Rare: Despite lots of "stories, " the truth is severe complications (abcess, permanent injury) are very rare. And the reputation that epidurals can cause chronic back pain has been disproven in multiple studies...The actual cause is really from the pregnancy itself, or the weight gain (or lack of weight loss after the pregnancy). ...Read more

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Incidence (Definition)

...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...Read more


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What complications can result from having a spinal block or epidural?

What complications can result from having a spinal block or epidural?

Many: But they rarely happen. Infection at site of needle puncture or tissues surrounding the spinal nerves (arachnoiditis). Headache is there is spinal fluid leakage and this can be addressed. Extremely rare is damage to nerves. Sterile technique is important as well as an experienced and well trained anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Can epidurals be painful and what are the complications that can arise?

Not usually painful: Epidural insertion doesn't usually hurt since the area is numbed with local anesthesia. Possible complications include bruising or tenderness at the insertion point, bleeding into the epidural space (hematoma), infection, headache, and nerve damage. The anesthesiologist will explain these risks in more detail. As with any procedure, only get an epidural if the benefits outweigh the risks for you. ...Read more

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What are complications of labor epidurals?

What are complications of labor epidurals?

See below: Labor epidurals are used to decrease pain in childbirth. They are usually safe and effective. There are rare complications including lowering of the blood pressure which can decrease blood flow to the baby (low BP is immediately tx), slowing of labor due to numbing of nerves needed to push the baby thru the birth canal. Other side effects depend on the drug given-itching if opiate used. ...Read more

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Is it possible that having an epidural lead to lifetime complications?

Is it possible that having an epidural lead to lifetime complications?

Very rare: The risk of major complications with epidurals is extremely rare about 1:10, 000. ...Read more

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Waht are the complications of an inadvertent dural puncture with epidural anesthesia?

Waht are the complications of an inadvertent dural puncture with epidural anesthesia?

Level?: Most frequent complication is spinal headache which can be treated with epidural blood patch. If the epidural placement is above lumbar level, although very low risk, spinal cord can be penetrated, which can cause neuro deficit. If epidural catheter placed and migrates to spinal space severe hypotension or complete spinal can occur and it can require control of the airway until spinal wears off. ...Read more

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I've had two epidural steroid shots in 2 weeks. With not much results. What would be next?

I've had two epidural steroid shots in 2 weeks. With not much results. What would be next?

Epidurals: Most epidural shots are administered a month apart for 3 months before concluding that they failed. In the meantime, pain management specialist prescribes medication. If pain persists, spinal surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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What is mthfr? Can the presence of mthfr increase complications from an inadvertent epidural puncture?

Genetic mutation: Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (mthfr) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the methyl cycle, and it is encoded by the mthfr gene. Genetic variation in this gene influences susceptibility to occlusive vascular disease, colon cancer, leukemia and neural tube defects. I am not aware of any relationship between mthfr levels and problems with epidural punctures. ...Read more

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What are epidural steroid injection complications?

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What are epidural steroid injection complications?

ESI complication: The potential risks associated with epidural steroid injection include spinal headache from a dural puncture, bleeding, infection, allergic reaction, and nerve damage / paralysis. Corticosteroid side effects may cause weight gain, water retention, hot flashes, mood swings or insomnia, and elevated blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. ...Read more

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Epidural steroid injection complications in my back. What to do?

Epidural steroid injection complications in my back. What to do?

Not sure What to say: Without further info I can't advise you any way. Maybe you need to see the doctor to discuss your options or even a surgeon. ...Read more

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If i have had 2 epidurals in previous births with no complications am i still at risk of side effects or are the chances slim for a third time?

Same side effects: Having had two uncomplicated epidural analgesias does not predict how a third one will be going. You may have side effects that you didn't have with your prior two ones. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for epidural anesthesia complications?

Depends: The treatment for complications of epidural anesthesia will depend on the nature of the complication. For example, the most common complication is a post dural headache, which happens afterwards. It may happen when the epidural needle enters the spinal canal during the procedure. Other possible complications are infection, and epidural hematoma. ...Read more

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2 epidurals. 1 almost 10 yrs ago, another almost 14 yrs ago. Both with complications. Periodic lower back pains. Now spine is tender feels swollenwhy?

2 epidurals. 1 almost 10 yrs ago, another almost 14 yrs ago. Both with complications. Periodic lower back pains. Now spine is tender feels swollenwhy?

Can't get an answer: to that one online. You need to be examined by a physician, and most likely need updated imaging of the involved area of the body and spine. Your prior epidurals are so remote that it is not possible that they have any relationship to your current problem. Please go see a doctor. Especially if you have redness, swelling or any signs of infection like fever, decreased apetite of malaise go today. ...Read more

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When are you in the clear from life threatening complications after mild concussion like epidural hematoma, etc. My CT scan was normal. So was exam.

When are you in the clear from life threatening complications after mild concussion like epidural hematoma, etc. My CT scan was normal. So was exam.

You are!: With a mild concussion, a normal exam and a normal ct have ruled out a serious problem. As far as the concussion, take it easy until you are free of any residual symptoms. ...Read more

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Is an epidural harmful?

Is an epidural harmful?

No: There are potential complications as with any procedure, their effects are often temporary, and the steroids do have potential side effects (especially locally, including local bone loss), but they are usually well tolerated if done right. ...Read more

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What is safer--general or epidural?

Both safe: Both are safe in general. Your health and the type of surgery are what dictates which is best for you. ...Read more

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What can be used instead of an epidural?

Depends: On what the epidural was offered for. See your doctor who examined you and treated you for an answer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of epidural failure?

Hard to say: If done for the right reasons it should help. How much and how long is people dependent. Some people get days to weeks or relief and others get a few months or longer of relief. ...Read more

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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more