European Spine Journal

, Volume 22, Supplement 3, pp 466–470

Must we discontinue selective cervical nerve root blocks?

Report of two cases and review of the literature
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00586-012-2642-z

Cite this article as:
Hodler, J., Boos, N. & Schubert, M. Eur Spine J (2013) 22(Suppl 3): 466. doi:10.1007/s00586-012-2642-z


We report two detrimental neurologic complications after technically correct selected cervical nerve root blocks. Based on these cases and a thorough review of the literature, the indication for cervical nerve root blocks was reconsidered and limited. Similarly, we modified our technique to further reduce the likelihood for the occurrence of such severe complications.


Cervical nerve root Block Injection Safety Technique Corticosteroids Complications 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyOrthopedic University Hospital Balgrist, University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Spine SurgeryOrthopedic University Hospital Balgrist, University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Spinal Cord Injury CentreUniversity Hospital Balgrist, University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyUniversity Hosptial Zurich, University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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