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Foraminal Injection of a Painful Sacral Nerve Root Using an Epidural Catheter: Case Report
  1. Robert Friedman, M.D. F.A.C.P.,
  2. Victor Li, M.D.,
  3. Deepak Mehrotra, M.D.,
  4. Yusuf Mosuro, M.D. and
  5. Gary Atkinson, D.O.
  1. From the Department of Anesthesiology, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  1. Reprint requests: Robert Friedman, M.D., F.A.C.P., Department of Anesthesiology, Temple University Hospital, 3901 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140. E-mail:


Background and Objectives Nerve root pain has been treated with steroid injections since the 1970s. We will describe a novel method for nerve root injection using a directed epidural catheter.

Case Report A case is described where catheter placement accurately reproduced symptoms which were then relieved with local anesthetic and steroid.

Conclusion This is a novel approach to treatment of painful nerve roots with a catheter.

  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Dorsal root ganglion
  • Injection
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Pain
  • and Epidural catheter

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