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Will having a lower back tatoo prevent one from getting a labor epidural anesthesia?
10 doctors weighed in

3 doctors agree
In brief: No
No

In brief: No
No
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Dr. Glenn Messina
no with an exception. In general the anesthesiologist can avoid puncturing the ink with the introducer if that is not possible it is generally safe and does not carry the risk of infecting your epidural space with contaminated ink as once thought. However if the ink is red then epidural is not a great option. Red ink often contains irritants and should not be pierced by the epidural needle
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The presence of a lower back tattoo will not prevent you from getting an epidural or cause any complications, such as infection.
Neither will it interfere with the localization of the epidural needle or the procedure itself, since the localization of the anatomic structures of the back (spinous process and intervertebral space) required its successful performance is done primarily by palpation.

In brief: No
The presence of a lower back tattoo will not prevent you from getting an epidural or cause any complications, such as infection.
Neither will it interfere with the localization of the epidural needle or the procedure itself, since the localization of the anatomic structures of the back (spinous process and intervertebral space) required its successful performance is done primarily by palpation.
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Absolutely not.

In brief: No
Absolutely not.
Dr. Richard Guyer
Dr. Richard Guyer
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: No
The anesthesiologist will attempt to avoid the tattoo with the epidural needle, but it will not prevent you getting the anesthesia.

In brief: No
The anesthesiologist will attempt to avoid the tattoo with the epidural needle, but it will not prevent you getting the anesthesia.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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