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Epidural anaesthetic. Anaesthetist inserting a catheter (blue) into a patient's back. The catheter is used to administer anaesthetic to the epidural space (the space around the membranes that surround the spinal cord). The area around the catheter has been numbed with local anaesthetic. The epidural anaesthetic will cause a loss of sensation and loss of pain in the lower half of the body. The patient is being anaesthetised prior to surgery.
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