Blockade of the sinuvertebral nerve for the diagnosis of lumbar diskogenic pain: an exploratory study

Schliessbach, J; Siegenthaler, A; Heini, P; Bogduk, N; Curatolo, M (2010). Blockade of the sinuvertebral nerve for the diagnosis of lumbar diskogenic pain: an exploratory study. Anesthesia and analgesia, 111(1), pp. 204-6. Hagerstown, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181e19d03

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In this exploratory study we evaluated sensitivity and target specificity of sinuvertebral nerve block (SVNB) for the diagnosis of lumbar diskogenic pain. Diskography has been the diagnostic gold standard. Fifteen patients with positive diskography underwent SVNB via interlaminar approach to the posterior aspect of the disk. Success was defined as > or = 80% pain reduction or excellent relief of physical restrictions after the block. The sensitivity was 73.3% (95% CI: 50.9%-95.7%). The target specificity was 40% (15.2%-64.8%). The results indicate that SVNB cannot yet replace diskography but encourage future studies to improve its target specificity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Siegenthaler, Andreas and Heini, Paul Ferdinand

ISSN:

0003-2999

Publisher:

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannie Wurz

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:08

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2018 12:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181e19d03

PubMed ID:

20522701

Web of Science ID:

000279281500035

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/537 (FactScience: 199709)

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