Paraplegia following epidural anesthesia: A case report and a literature review

Jan Sture Skouen, Stanley F. Wainapel, Marcelle M. Willock

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ABSTRACT – This article reports the case of a man who developed a pure motor paraplegia following epidural anesthesia with a pattern of slow recovery over subsequent months. Reviewing the available literature on post‐epidural paraplegia we noted a number of potential etiologies and analyzed their role in its causation. On the basis of this analysis we have identified five distinct clinical groups and a constellation of factors which can lead to an increased risk of post‐epidural paraplegia in susceptible surgical patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-443
Number of pages7
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidural
  • extradural
  • paralysis
  • paraplegia
  • peridural anesthesia
  • post‐epidural paraplegia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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