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  • Epidural Corticosteroids Infiltrations For Lumbar Stenosis: A Prospective Study

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    Majd G El Hajj Moussa MD; Charbel Tawk MD; Georges Nohra; Souhail Chamandi; Jean-Claude Lahoud MD, PhD

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    Meeting: Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Spine Summit- 2017

    Introduction: Lumbar stenosis (LS) is a major cause of lower back pain and functional disability. Major symptoms are low back pain and radicular claudication. Medical therapeutic options include painkillers, NSAIDS, Steroids, antiepileptic drugs and epidural infiltrations. Surgery is indicated when medical treatment fails.

    Methods: This prospective study was conducted on 60 patients presenting to our institution. Isolated LS was suspected after physical examination and was confirmed by MRI. All our patients were treated with NSAIDS and antiepileptic drugs (Gabapentin 800 mg daily) for 6 weeks. 7 patients had laminectomy during the year of follow-up and were excluded from the statistical analysis; 53 patients were followed-up for 1 year (88.3%). The treatment protocol consisted of three interlaminar epidural infiltrations under fluoroscopic guidance of 80 mg Methylprednisolone and 100 mg of Lidocaine administered at 2-weeks interval at the level of the stenosis. Evaluation was done using 4 scales: - Visual Numerical Scale (VNS) - Roland5 Point Scale (R5PS) - Walking distance (WD) (0 to 4) - Patient satisfaction scale (PS)

    Results: Mean VNS: D0: 7,27 (4-10), D15: 3,13 (0,5 to 6), 1y: 3,45 (1 to 6) (p <0.0001) Mean R5PS: D0:4,08 (3 to 5), D15: 1,85 (0 to 3), 1y: 1,83 (1 to 4) (p<0.0001) Mean WD: D0: 1,85, D15: 3,34, 1y: 3,34 (p<0.0001) 50% amelioration of VNS: D15: 71.1%, 1y: 67.9% (p<0.0001). 50% amelioration of R5PS: D15: 75.5%, 1y: 75.5% (p<0.0001) 50% amelioration of WD: D15: 50.9%, 1y: 52.8% PS: Very good and good results=65%, Average and bad results=35%.

    Conclusions: Based on our results, ESI are efficient in LS. Our study correlates with many results in the literature although few studies were conducted exclusively on LS. We attributed the efficacy of steroids to their probable ability to block the nociceptive pathways and to their effect on prostaglandins As an alternative for medical treatment, ESI could be a promising option before indicating surgery in LS, or in surgery contraindications.

    Patient Care: It elaborates the effectiveness of a non invasive procedure as an aternative treatment for lumbar stenosis

    Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 1) Describe the importance of lumbar epidural infiltrations in Lumbar stenosis 2) Discuss the effectiveness of epidural steroids infiltration in lumbar stenosis 3) Identify an alternative treatment fo Lumbar stenosis

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