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Epiduroscopy

  • Takashi IgarashiEmail author
  • Hisashi Date
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Abstract

Epiduroscopy or spinal canal endoscopy is a method for diagnosing and treating intractable low back pain and sciatica. This is a noninvasive treatment positioned between conservative and invasive therapies. Using a thin endoscope, perineural adhesion is lysed, and drug solution is administered to the target site. This procedure is effective for lumbar disc herniation, lumbar spinal canal stenosis, and syndromes after lumbar vertebral surgery.

Keywords

Epiduroscopy Spinal canal endoscopy Low back pain Sciatica 

References

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    Igarashi T, Hirabayashi Y, Seo N, et al. Lysis of adhesions and epidural injection of steroid/local anaesthetic during epiduroscopy potentially alleviate low back and leg pain in elderly patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Br J Anaesth. 2004;93:181–7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineJichi Medical UniversityShimotsukeJapan
  2. 2.Sendai Pain Clinic CenterSendaiJapan

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