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The role of epidural cortisone injection in the treatment of diskogenic low back pain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6450014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Primary treatment by epidural injection of cortisone in patients suffering from characteristic diskogenic disease was helpful in 82% of patients. However, when given after three months of back pain, after previous laminectomies, and in patients actually suffering from an unstable spine which required fusion, epidural injections were of little value. No complications resulted from the injection and there was no compelling evidence to indicate that the placement of the needle by radiologic means is necessary. Because of these benefits and the fact that all of the patients were candidates for laminectomy, the use of this injection prior to surgery should be considered. The number of injections that may reasonably be given, the degree to which the patient should become asymptomatic, and the period of time during which relief continues remain to be clarified by a larger and more sustained study.
P W Green; A J Burke; C A Weiss; P Langan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical orthopaedics and related research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0009-921X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res.     Publication Date:    1980 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-03-24     Completed Date:  1981-03-24     Revised Date:  2005-03-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0075674     Medline TA:  Clin Orthop Relat Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Back Pain / drug therapy*,  etiology
Cortisone / therapeutic use*
Injections / methods
Intervertebral Disk
Intervertebral Disk Displacement / complications*
Middle Aged
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