Total spinal after cervical epidural steroid injection

Meghan Elizabeth Rodes*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cervical epidural steroid injection (CESI) is a commonly performed procedure to address neck and upper extremity pain related to cervical spinal pathology. While this is largely a safe procedure, several possible complications have been documented in the literature. Proper training and expertise are essential to performing this procedure; however, continuing caution must be employed to avoid the many vital structures in this area, including the spinal cord and intrathecal (also referred to as subarachnoid) space and nearby vascular structures. In this chapter I will explore specifically the complication of total spinal anesthesia after CESI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenging Cases and Complication Management in Pain Medicine
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319600727
ISBN (Print)9783319600703
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Cervical epidural steroid injection
  • Dural puncture
  • Intrathecal injection
  • Spinal anesthesia
  • Subarachnoid injection
  • Total spinal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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