Infarction of the cervical spinal cord following multilevel transforaminal epidural steroid injection: Case report and review of the literature

Kenji Muro*, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Aruna Ganju

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background/Objective: Transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a widely utilized nonsurgical strategy for the management of cervical radicular and axial pain. The technique has been shown to be efficacious in relieving the patients' symptoms. Although effective, there are a range of possible complications associated with this procedure. We report the case of a patient with an acute infarction of the cervical spinal cord after a multilevel transforaminal epidural steroid injection. Methods: We performed a retrospective chart review of a single case. Results: The patient suffered an acute brainstem and cervical spinal cord infarction despite the use of many techniques to minimize the occurrence of vascular injury during the procedure. The patient regained some function after medical and physical therapy. Conclusions: This complication, to our knowledge, has only been reported in the literature on 2 other occasions and serves as a reminder of the potentially devastating consequences of performing procedures in proximity to the nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-388
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • Acute
  • Cervical
  • Dexamethasone
  • Epidural injection
  • Infarction
  • Methylprednisolone acetate
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal cord
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Vascular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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