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Safe use of epidural corticosteroid injections

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Subtitle:recommendations of the WIP Benelux Work Group
Background Epidural corticosteroid injections are used frequently worldwide in the treatment of radicular pain. Concerns have arisen involving rare major neurologic injuries after this treatment. Recommendations to prevent these complications have been published, but local implementation is not always feasible due to local circumstances, necessitating local recommendations based on literature review. Methods A work group of 4 stakeholder pain societies in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) has reviewed the literature involving neurological complications after epidural corticosteroid injections and possible safety measures to prevent these major neurologic injuries. Results Twenty-six considerations and recommendations were selected by the work group. These involve the use of imaging, injection equipment particulate and nonparticulate corticosteroids, epidural approach, and maximal volume to be injected. Conclusion Raising awareness about possible neurological complications and adoption of safety measures recommended by the work group aim at reducing the risks for these devastating events.
Journal: Pain practice
ISSN: 1530-7085
Volume: 19
Pages: 61 - 92
Publication year:2019
Keywords:A1 Journal article
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:3
Authors from:Higher Education