J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2010 Oct;45(5):408-412.

Acute Spinal Cord Injury after Cervical Nerve Root Block

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea. osktg@wonkwang.ac.kr


Selective cervical nerve root block is a widely utilized nonsurgical strategy for the management of cervical radicular and axial pain. The technique has been shown to be efficacious in relieving the patient's symptoms. Although effective, there are a range of possible complications associated with this procedure. In particular, acute spinal cord injury after cervical nerve root block is very rare, but it lead to serious functional impairment. The literature on acute spinal cord injury is very small and there have been no reports from Korea. We experienced a case of a patient with an acute injury of the cervical spinal cord after cervical nerve root block who was followed 28 months.


cervical radiculopathy; nerve root block; spinal cord injury
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