Home >  News >  April, 2014

Epidural Steroid Injections Under Scrutiny

FDA warns against rare but serious pain management complications.

Published: April 30, 2014

Pain management practitioners have been injecting corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine for decades to reduce swelling and inflammation, but this practice has on occasion caused serious neurological complications, including vision loss, stroke, paralysis and even death, warns the Food and Drug Administration.

In a recent safety warning, the agency notes that the effectiveness and safety of treating neck and back pain through epidurally administered hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone or other corticosteroids has not been established, and that it has not approved them for this use.

The FDA is requiring the drugs' labeling to include descriptions of these risks. The agency has convened panels of experts to recommend injection techniques that could prevent harm and to discuss whether further examination and action on the risks of epidural corticosteroid injection is necessary.

David Bernard


Also in the News...

Did Hospital Ignore Contaminated Scopes and Infected Patients?
AmSurg, Envision Healthcare Merge to Form Physician Staffing Giant
Obesity Device Drains a Portion of Stomach Contents After Meals Into the Toilet
Hospitals Will Likely Soon Be Required to Have Antibiotic-Stewardship Programs
U. of Louisville Hospital Now Unsafe, Vice Chair of Surgery Insists
Suit: Pedicle Screw Left in Patient's Body for 2 Days After Surgery
Colorado Tech Accused of Stealing Syringes Is HIV Positive

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

You Won't Find the No. 3 Leading Cause of Death on a Death Certificate

How Safe Are Your Patients?

Our survey shows you have a long way to go to provide the level of quality and safety that your patients deserve.

Still Too Many Never Events