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Perez FA, Quinet S, Jarvik JG
Lumbar spinal stenosis severity by CT or MRI does not predict response to epidural corticosteroid versus lidocaine injections.
This study compared the results of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis injected epidurally with corticosteroids and lidocaine, or lidocaine alone. A prospective, double-blind study was conducted on 350 patients who were then evaluated for qualitative or quantitative MR imaging or CT measures of lumbar spinal stenosis. There were no differences in improvement of disability or leg pain scores at 3 weeks between the two subgroups.
AHRQ-funded; HS019222; HS022972.
Citation: Perez FA, Quinet S, Jarvik JG . Lumbar spinal stenosis severity by CT or MRI does not predict response to epidural corticosteroid versus lidocaine injections. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2019 May;40(5):908-15. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A6050..
Keywords: Comparative Effectiveness, Evidence-Based Practice, Imaging, Medication, Orthopedics, Outcomes, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research