Indications for repeat diagnostic medial branch nerve blocks following a failed first medial branch nerve block.

@article{Derby2013IndicationsFR,
  title={Indications for repeat diagnostic medial branch nerve blocks following a failed first medial branch nerve block.},
  author={Richard R Derby and Irina Melnik and Jongwoo Choi and Jeong-eun Lee},
  journal={Pain physician},
  year={2013},
  volume={16 5},
  pages={479-88}
}
No studies have directly measured the false negative rate of medial branch block (MBB) with correlation to medial branch neurotomy (MBN) outcome. We investigated the potential false negative MBB rate and the subsequent MBN outcome on a consecutive audit of all patients undergoing a double MBB protocol. We prospectively collected audit data and retrospectively collected data by phone on 229 consecutive patients undergoing diagnostic MBB. One-hundred-twenty-two patients reporting greater than 50… CONTINUE READING