Rarely (0.0 – 1.8% of the time) , the catheter fractures inside the patient's spine. This can cause major complications, and often requires surgical removal of the catheter fragment. Research has shown that one of the main causes of fracture is intentional or unintentional retraction of the catheter . When difficulty with advancement of the catheter is encountered, there is a tendency to partially withdraw and then re-advance the catheter. Fracture is also caused...
Advanced Needle Coatings for Improved Lumbar Drain Procedure
Department of Neurosurgery
Manuscript received March 15, 2013; final manuscript received April 26, 2013; published online July 3, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Arthur G. Erdman.
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Doerzbacher, M., Barnett, A., Brandmeir, N., Wolfe, D., Zheng, S., and Moore, J. (July 3, 2013). "Advanced Needle Coatings for Improved Lumbar Drain Procedure." ASME. J. Med. Devices. September 2013; 7(3): 030942. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4024485
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