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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1987;20(1):45-51.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1987.20.1.45   
Pain Management for Low Bsck Pain and Lumbosacral Raliculopathy .
Keung Mo Kang, Jong Seok Ban, Byung Woo Min
Department of Anesthesiology, Fatima Hospital, Taegu, Korea.
Since the introduction of epidural corticoateroid injections for the management of sciaticall, luintosacral radiculopathy has become one of the most common pain problems enco-untered by anesthesiologists. In order to function effectively, anesthesiologiats should be able to: 1) recognize those syndromes which may respond to nerve block: 2) understand the pathophysiology of the conditions being treated and 3) be familiar with alternate ther-apeutic pathways for patientg not responding to merre b1ock. There are many etiologic factors of low back pain and lumbosacral radiculopathy. Particularly, Nerve root compression caused by a protruding disc, a osteophyte or tumors are usually responsible for pain. Neural inflammation, therefore, is considered to play a major role in pain production.The use of local anesthetics in mixture with steroids is believed to break down neural inflammation. Steroids and local anesthetics were injected lumbar or caudal epidmal to 106 patients for the purpose of relieving low back pain and lumbosacral radiculopathy. The resu1ts are as follows : Excellent Pain relieved group : 27 Patients (25.5%) Good Pain relieved group: 49 Patients(46.1%) Fair pain relieved group : IS patients(14.2%) Not effective group : 15 Patients (14.2%).


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