Intended Epidural Becomes IntraThecal

Updated February 12, 2013
Author: Pisini/Dixon

Description: How to Manage an Unintentional IntraThecal Catheter


Occasionally a catheter intended to be inserted into the epidural space is discovered to be intrathecal.  Ideally when this occurs, the catheter is removed and another epidural insertion is attempted.

In some situations the decision is made to deliver analgesia via the intrathecal catheter. Examples include:

Managing Intrathecal Analgesia for Acute Pain