Six Month Follow-Up of a Patient With a Retained Fascia Iliaca Catheter: A Case Report

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Abstract

Retained catheters are a rare but known complication of continuous peripheral nerve block. To date there have been several case reports of retained catheters but none that include longer-term follow-up of the patient experience and outcomes. Here, we present the case of a retained fascia iliaca catheter used for analgesia after total hip arthroplasty that fractured during removal and was ultimately never retrieved. The patient initially experienced paresthesias emanating from the site of continuous peripheral nerve block catheter placement, but these issues resolved completely over several weeks. No infectious or serious sequelae were encountered during 6 months of follow-up.

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