Cervical epidural steroid injection for refractory somatic tinnitus

Zachary L. Mccormick*, David R Walega

*Corresponding author for this work

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Somatic tinnitus is a common disorder, yet few treatments described in the literature have demonstrated strong efficacy. We report a case of a 61-year-old male with refractory somatic tinnitus, temporally related to a prior bacterial otitis media, wherein auditory symptoms were successfully treated with cervical epidural injections of long-acting corticosteroid. We discuss the proposed mechanism of somatic tinnitus and the means by which neuraxial steroids may inhibit somatic tinnitus symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e28-e33
JournalPain Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Case report
  • Cervical pain
  • Epidural steroid
  • Refractory pain
  • Tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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