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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1995 Apr 1;20(7):845-8.

Epidural steroids.

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia.


Although perhaps only controversial internationally, epidural steroids have become the focus of litigation in Australia. The literature provides endorsement but offers little compelling data on rationale and efficacy. Steroid preparations appear to be chemically safe, provided they are accurately injected into the epidural space. Hazards occur if intrathecal penetration is not recognized. Conventional techniques do not guarantee that injectates reach the desired target nerve.

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