To Remove or Not to Remove a Broken Perineural Catheter Fragment?

Vol 4 | Issue 1 | January-June 2023 | Page 26-28 | Trupti Pethkar, Harshal Wagh


Authors: Trupti Pethkar [1], Harshal Wagh [1]

[1] Department of Anaesthesia, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Trupti Pethkar,
Department of Anaesthesia, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Fracture of femoral perineural catheter during insertion is the extremely rare complication of an otherwise low risk procedure. In such a scenario, whether to leave the catheter in situ or extract it by surgical exploration is the dilemma. We present two cases of broken femoral perineural catheter incurred during insertion. Since patients do not complain of any kind of immediate pain or discomfort, after shearing of the catheter, the decision making regarding the further management is difficult. But, there are incidences of long term complication like femoral neuritis leading to constant dragging pain. This makes us uncomfortable and force to think whether these broken fragments should left in situ.
Keywords: Femoral perineural catheter, Femoral nerve block, Fractured catheter fragment


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How to Cite this Article: Pethkar T, Wagh H | To Remove or Not to Remove a Broken Perineural Catheter Fragment? | International Journal of Regional Anaesthesia | January-June 2023; 4(1): 26-28 | DOI:

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