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What are the risks and dangers of epidural steroid injection in the back?

What are the risks and dangers of epidural steroid injection in the back?

Generally safe: These are generally extremely safe. All of the risks are very rare and are as follows: infection, bleeding, allergic reaction(less than 1 in 80, 000), spinal cord injury or permanent severe nerve damage (less than 1 in 2 million). The most common risk is failure to improve pain and spinal headache (less than 1 in 200). ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Epidural Steroid Injection (Definition)

Steroid type medication done under a local anesthesia with or without IV sedation in a sterile setting either with or without fliuroscopic or x-ray guidance into space below the lamina but above the dura or lining of the nerve tissue of the spine with the needle passing through natural openings between the lamina given for pain relief due to inflammation from a disc ...Read more


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Epidural steroid injection complications in my back. What to do?

Epidural steroid injection complications in my back. What to do?

Not sure What to say: Without further info I can't advise you any way. Maybe you need to see the doctor to discuss your options or even a surgeon. ...Read more

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Is an epidural steroid injection effective for back pain?

Is an epidural steroid injection effective for back pain?

It can be: Depends on the reason for why you have back pain, a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or even facet arthropathy? Then yes an epidural injection can be helpful. Speak with a pain/spine specialist to determine what is right for you. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an epidural steroid injection?

Varies: When done in the right hands, by certified doctors, and epidural injection should not pose undue danger. Working with the neck is somewhat more complex than the low back. Of course anytime you "stick" a needle in anyone anywhere there are risks. The main one always being infection. ...Read more

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After a recent epidural steroid injection, i developed a really flushed and swollen face. Is this dangerous? Or is it a commonplace thing?

After a recent epidural steroid injection, i developed a really flushed and swollen face. Is this dangerous? Or is it a commonplace thing?

Normal side effect: This will pass after a few weeks at the most. I would discuss with your doctor to either reduce the dose if you need this next time or consider non-steroidal options. ...Read more

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I'm having an epidural steroid injection in the morning, what should I do to prepare?

Contact office: Contact your doctor's office: almost every clinic has specific guidelines for this procedure that you will need to follow. In general, these are very safe and low risk. Try to get a good nights rest and relax the night before. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more