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Cervical Epidural Side Effects

07/30/2007

Question:

How many cervical epidurals can you have in a year and what are the potential long term side effects? They have recommended one every other month. I have stenosis, DDD and arthritis c-2 through t-1.

Answer:

It all depends on how much steroids are used every time and the total amount in a year, usually no more than 3-4 times a year.

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Response by:

Hammam  Akbik, MD, FIPP Hammam Akbik, MD, FIPP
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati