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SIS Conducts Systematic Review of Clinical Effectiveness of Non–Image-Guided Lumbar Interlaminar ESI

Tuesday, June 14, 2016  
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This month's edition of Pain Medicine contains the most recently published systematic review completed by members of the SIS Standards Division. The review, The Effectiveness and Risks of Non-Image-Guided Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Systematic Review with Comprehensive Analysis of the Published Data" concludes that in patients with lumbar radicular pain secondary to disc herniation or neurogenic claudication due to spinal stenosis, non–image-guided lumbar interlaminar epidural steroid injections appear to have clinical effectiveness limited to short-term pain relief. Therefore, in a contemporary medical practice, these procedures should be restricted to the rare settings where fluoroscopy is not available. Read the review in Pain Medicine.

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