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Intradiscal injection of triamcinolone hexacetonide for acute, subacute, and chronic sciatica. Results at 3 months an open-prospectus study of 30 cases and review of the literature.


PMID 2261736

Abstract

The authors report an open study of 30 cases of intradiscal injection of triamcinolone hexacetonide in the treatment of sciatica. The patients were monitored at months 1 and 3. The results were judged to be good in 36.6% of the cases, moderate in 36.6% and poor in 26.7% of the cases. Two adverse effects were reported: 1 case of reversible urinary retention and 1 case of deficiency of the dorsiflexor muscles of the foot. The good results reported in previous series were only found in this study when the indications were restricted to certain favourable prognostic factors: duration of sciatica less than 6 months and CAT-scan appearance of discal hernia. This technique has the advantage of being simple, economical and nonallergic. On the basis of the encouraging results of the initial series, this technique should be considered as an interesting therapeutic alternative in sciatica. Larger series and double-blind studies, however, are necessary to confirm the initial results.

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