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What is the incidence of complications resulting from epidurals?

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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. David Fein
Dr. David Fein
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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Head ache

But its still a rare complication.
Less than 5%. Other even rarer complications are infections at the site of needle placement or infection or inflammation further in the tissue that surrounds the nerves. Again these happen with very low incidence. One must always balance the risk vs benefit of any procedure.

In brief: Head ache

But its still a rare complication.
Less than 5%. Other even rarer complications are infections at the site of needle placement or infection or inflammation further in the tissue that surrounds the nerves. Again these happen with very low incidence. One must always balance the risk vs benefit of any procedure.
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology

In brief: Very low.

Some experience pain at the injection site.
Rarely, there could be a nerve injury. More commonly, the epidural medications can cause transient hypotension and itching. You will be monitored so that these issues can be treated before they become problems.

In brief: Very low.

Some experience pain at the injection site.
Rarely, there could be a nerve injury. More commonly, the epidural medications can cause transient hypotension and itching. You will be monitored so that these issues can be treated before they become problems.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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