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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 287-290

"Dry tap" during spinal anaesthesia turns out to be epidural abscess

Department of Anaesthesiology and Advanced Pain Management, Jagjivanram Railway Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dinesh Kumar Sahu
C 69, Jagjivanram Railway Hospital Campus, Maratha Mandir Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.98779

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We report a case of "dry tap" during spinal anaesthesia in a patient posted for incision and drainage of lower limb with cellulitis. When the patient was being given sub-arachnoid block (SAB) for regional anaesthesia, it turned out to be a case of pyogenic ilio-psoas abscess extended up to the paravertebral and epidural spaces. The causative organism was Staphylococcus aureus. This is probably the first case reported when epidural abscess is diagnosed during SAB.

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