Inadvertent epidural injection of ephedrine in labor

J Clin Anesth. 2004 Feb;16(1):74-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2003.07.001.


Drugs mistakenly administered into the epidural space can have serious neurologic sequelae. This case reports the inadvertent administration of ephedrine during labor in a 17-year-old woman. The possible complications for both the mother and fetus are discussed and compared with other published literature reports.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Clinical Conference

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Analgesia, Epidural / adverse effects*
  • Analgesia, Obstetrical / adverse effects*
  • Ephedrine / administration & dosage*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injections, Epidural
  • Medical Errors*


  • Ephedrine