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Being a "space" not inside of a tendon/organ/muscle, don't steroids/anesthetics placed in the epidural space remain there forever?

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Dr. Leonard Rubinstein
General Practice 42 years experience
No: Steroids will dissipate and absorb even from the epidural space.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Absorbed: No, steroids injected into epidural spade are absorbed.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
They diffuse away: The epidural "space" is really a layer between different types of tissue. It is more correctly known as a "potential space" that only becomes a "space" when we inject somethings that separates the layers. It is similar to a skin TB test or allergy test in which fluid is deposited in the skin quickly enough to form a bump/bubble/lump and in a short time the fluid is absorbed by neighboring tissue.

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