Complications of Interlaminar Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections: A Review of the Literature

@article{Abbasi2007ComplicationsOI,
  title={Complications of Interlaminar Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections: A Review of the Literature},
  author={Arjang Abbasi and Gautam K. Malhotra and Gerard A. Malanga and Elie P. Elovic and Stuart B. Kahn},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2007},
  volume={32},
  pages={2144-2151}
}
Study Design. A comprehensive literature review. Objectives. To review and critically evaluate the past literature focusing on incidence and clinical presentation of complications associated with interlaminar cervical epidural steroid injection (ICESI). The overall goal is to guide the direction of future research and improve clinical care by increasing awareness of complications, their presentations, and management. Summary of Background Data. Although ICESI is considered a relatively safe… 

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