Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 5–12

Adverse events from diagnostic and therapeutic joint injections: a literature review

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00256-009-0839-y

Cite this article as:
Peterson, C. & Hodler, J. Skeletal Radiol (2011) 40: 5. doi:10.1007/s00256-009-0839-y


This review article classifies the various adverse reactions arising from intra-articular injections by severity, diagnostic category, and whether they are due to corticosteroid, local anesthetic or viscosupplementation injections. Life-threatening and serious adverse events from intra-articular injections are rare and range from local complications to systemic afflictions. Measures to reduce the likelihood of an adverse event occurring are outlined and patients with significant features in their clinical histories, predisposing them to adverse events, are highlighted.


Therapeutic injectionsJoint injectionsCorticosteroid injectionsViscosupplementationTherapeutic joint injectionsAdverse eventsAdverse reactions

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RadiologyOrthopaedic University Hospital of BalgristZürichSwitzerland