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Pain Pract. 2008 May-Jun;8(3):202-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2008.00191.x.

Trans-facet-joint approach to pulsed radiofrequency ablation of the L5 dorsal root ganglion in a patient with degenerative spondylosis and scoliosis.

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Unit Pain, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, Spain. dabejon@telefonica.net

Abstract

Mechanical low back pain secondary to degenerative facet joint changes is a common reason for referral to pain clinics. When these changes cause encroachment into the intervertebral foramen, radicular pain may result. While pulsed radiofrequency of the dorsal root ganglion can be used in this setting, the anatomic deformity may make the transforaminal approach difficult. We report a case where a trans-facet approach was used successfully and describe the technique.

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