Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections.

@article{Smuck2010UtilityOT,
  title={Utility of the anesthetic test dose to avoid catastrophic injury during cervical transforaminal epidural injections.},
  author={Mathew Smuck and Matthew D Maxwell and David Kennedy and Joshua D Rittenberg and Maarten Lansberg and Christopher Thomas Plastaras},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={10 10},
  pages={857-64}
}
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Reports of serious complications from cervical transforaminal epidural corticosteroid injections often consider accidental intra-arterial injection the most likely mechanism of injury. As a result, many physicians have instituted methods to prevent intravascular injections. Routine use of the anesthetic test dose is one such method. The utility of the anesthetic test dose in this function has not been characterized in the current literature. PURPOSE The aim of this study… CONTINUE READING

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