Broken spinal needle: Case report and review of the literature

Caroline Martinello, Ruby Rubio, Erin Hurwitz, Michelle Simon, Rakesh B. Vadhera

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The occurrence of broken spinal and epidural needles has been reported. However, most case reports have focused primarily on prevention rather than on management. A broken spinal needle fragment was left in a patient before it was removed one month later due to back pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-324
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidural needle
  • Neuraxial anesthesia
  • Obstetrical anesthesia
  • Spinal anesthesia
  • Spinal needle breakage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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