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Ultrasound-guided facet joint injection to treat a spinal cyst

, : Ultrasound-guided facet joint injection to treat a spinal cyst. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association 77(4): 213-216

Lumbar spinal cysts often present with backache and may be accompanied by lower extremity weakness as well as radiation pain if root compression occurs. The treatment regimens include anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, procedures guided by fluoroscopy or computed tomography, and surgery. We report the case of a patient with a symptomatic lumbar spinal cyst at the L4-L5 facet joint. The symptoms immediately remitted after ultrasound-guided steroid-lidocaine injection into the L4-L5 facet joint. Magnetic resonance imaging follow up 4 months after injection showed complete resolution of the cyst.


PMID: 24631041

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcma.2014.01.003

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