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Thoracic epidural steroid injection

PROCEDURE: Thoracic epidural steroid injection without fluoroscopy.

ANESTHESIA: Local sedation.

VITAL SIGNS: See nurse’s notes.


DETAILS OF PROCEDURE: INT was placed. The patient was in the sitting position and the back was prepped with Betadine. Lidocaine 1.5% was used for skin wheal made between __________. An 18-gauge Tuohy needle was then placed into the epidural space using loss of resistance technique with no cerebrospinal fluid or blood noted. After negative aspiration, a mixture of 7 cc preservative free normal saline and 160 mg preservative free Depo-Medrol was injected. Neosporin and band-aid were applied over the puncture site. The patient was discharged to recovery room in stable condition.

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