Epidural steroid injection: a procedure ideally performed with fluoroscopic control

Radiology. 1988 Aug;168(2):554-7. doi: 10.1148/radiology.168.2.2969118.


Epidural injection of steroid and local anesthesia can be used to treat low back pain. The injection is best performed with fluoroscopic control, with needle placement documented by means of a limited epidurogram. The technique was used in 116 patients; there were only three failures (2.5%) and one complication.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Epidural*
  • Back Pain / drug therapy*
  • Betamethasone / administration & dosage*
  • Betamethasone / therapeutic use
  • Fluoroscopy*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Epidural / methods*


  • Betamethasone