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Vol 46, No 3 (2014 Jul-Aug)
Review articles
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Coagulation management in epidural steroid injection

Martina Bellini, Massimo Barbieri
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.2014.0034
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2014;46(3):195-199.

open access

Vol 46, No 3 (2014 Jul-Aug)
Review articles
Submitted: 2014-07-29

Abstract

The objective of this study was to review all published articles in the English language literature about the coagulation management of epidural corticosteroid injections (ESI) in humans. ESI are among the most commonly used procedures to manage chronic spinal pain, yet there is no conclusive review on the coagulation management of this popular procedure. We searched for reports using MEDLINE and EMBASE with the terms ‘epidural and steroids’, ‘corticosteroids’ or ‘glucocorticosteroids’, ‘coagulation’, and ‘haematoma’ up to and including the year 2012. Reports were also located through references of articles. We conclude that even though epidural steroid injection is one of the most used techniques in treating radicular pain, correct management of coagulation is necessary.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to review all published articles in the English language literature about the coagulation management of epidural corticosteroid injections (ESI) in humans. ESI are among the most commonly used procedures to manage chronic spinal pain, yet there is no conclusive review on the coagulation management of this popular procedure. We searched for reports using MEDLINE and EMBASE with the terms ‘epidural and steroids’, ‘corticosteroids’ or ‘glucocorticosteroids’, ‘coagulation’, and ‘haematoma’ up to and including the year 2012. Reports were also located through references of articles. We conclude that even though epidural steroid injection is one of the most used techniques in treating radicular pain, correct management of coagulation is necessary.

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Keywords

chronic pain, epidural injections, coagulation, steroids

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Title

Coagulation management in epidural steroid injection

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 46, No 3 (2014 Jul-Aug)

Pages

195-199

DOI

10.5603/AIT.2014.0034

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2014;46(3):195-199.

Keywords

chronic pain
epidural injections
coagulation
steroids

Authors

Martina Bellini
Massimo Barbieri

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