Iatrogenic meningitis in an obstetric patient after combined spinal-epidural analgesia: Case report and review of the literature

Uriel Sandkovsky, Mircea Radu Mihu, Adebisi Adeyeye, Pamela M. De Forest, Joshua D. Nosanchuk

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Iatrogenic meningitis is a rare but potentially fatal condition. We report a case of meningitis after combined spinal-epidural anesthesia and review previous reports of meningitis subsequent to spinal, combined spinal-epidural and epidural analgesia or anesthesia. Streptococci remain the most commonly identified agent, although cultures are frequently negative. Droplet contamination or needle contamination from incompletely sterilized skin are the major routes for infection. Strict aseptic technique and infection control measures should be employed when accessing the epidural space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2009



  • Epidural anesthesia
  • Infection control
  • Meningitis
  • Spinal anesthesia
  • Streptococci

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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