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A doctor inserting a catheter tube into the epidural space (the space around the membranes surrounding the spinal cord). The catheter is being used to administer an epidural anaesthetic to a pregnant woman prior to delivery of her baby. Local anaesthetic injected into the epidural space in the lower back relieves pain in the lower half of the body.
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