Unrecognized Contralateral Intrapleural Catheter: Bilateral Blockade May Obscure Detection of Failed Epidural Catheterization

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Abstract

Thoracic epidural analgesia has been widely used to reduce both postoperative and posttraumatic pain. We describe a case of inadvertent right-sided interpleural catheter placement and pneumothorax during attempted epidural catheter placement for left-sided rib fractures that went unrecognized because of bilateral blockade and adequate analgesia.

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