Epidural injections contraindicated in spinal stenosis

Many, especiall elderly patients, suffer from back pain due to a spinal stenosis. Often enough those patients are treated with epidural injections (PRIT = peridural radicular infiltration therapy, Racz-catheter, etc.)

A research group from Philadelphia, USA now found out, that a patient group that had been treated with PRIT before a stenosis surgery, had a much worse outcome when compared to the patient group that had never had epidural infiltration therapy.

Read here the full paper: Spine Journal Februar 2013