Unilateral anhidrosis: A rare complication of thoracic epidural analgesia

Gulbahar G., Gundogdu A. G. , Alkan G., Baysalman H. B. , KAPLAN T.

Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals, vol.24, no.2, pp.211-213, 2016 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0218492315618508
  • Title of Journal : Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
  • Page Numbers: pp.211-213
  • Keywords: Analgesia, epidural, Horner syndrome, Hypohidrosis, Pain, postoperative, Postoperative complications, Thoracotomy


© SAGE Publications.Management of pain following thoracotomy is an important issue for the control of early morbidity. We herein present the case of a patient who was referred to our hospital after a fall from a height. Right-sided multiple rib fractures, hemopneumothorax, and diaphragmatic rupture were detected. Thoracic epidural catheterization was performed for pain management just before thoracotomy. The patient developed unilateral anhidrosis postoperatively. We discuss this rare complication of thoracic epidural analgesia with a review of relevant literature.