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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2010 Apr;58(4):401-404. English. Case Report.
Kim SY , Han SH , Jung MW , Hong JH .
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. mandell@naver.com
Abstract

Facet joints have been shown to be a source of chronic low back pain, and it is generally accepted in clinical practice that diagnostic and therapeutic facet joint injections are the most reliable technique for the treatment of facet joint pain, which is considered to be an easy and safe procedure. Serious complications and side effects are uncommon after facet joint injection. However, infectious complications including septic arthritis, epidural abscess, meningitis and endocarditis have been reported following facet joint injections. We report here the first case of death following lumbar facet joint injection due to generalized infection.

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