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Randomized Controlled Trial of the Clinical Efficacy of Multiport Versus Uniport Wire-reinforced Flexible Catheters for Labor Epidural Analgesia

Philip, J.; Sharma, S.K.; Sparks, T.J.; Reisch, J.S.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: March 2019 - Volume 39 - Issue 1 - p 2–3
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000552873.75728.85
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(Anesth Analg. 2018;126(2):537–544)

When using epidural catheters that are not reinforced with a wire, multiport catheters provide improved epidural analgesia during labor (LEA) as compared with a single port catheter. Wire-reinforced flexible catheters, a recent advancement in epidural catheter design, have not been evaluated in this context. In the present study, the authors compared multiport and single-port wire-reinforced flexible catheters to determine whether the number of ports affects analgesia during lumbar epidural labor analgesia.

Department of Anesthesia, Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX

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