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Effect of statin use on pain relief by transforaminal epidural steroid injection.

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Effect of statin use on pain relief by transforaminal epidural steroid injection.

J Int Med Res. 2016 Feb 19;

Authors: Sari S, Ayd?n ON, Tasdemir B, Galimberti F, Turan A

Abstract
AIM: To investigate the impact of statin use on response to fluoroscopy-assisted transforaminal anterior epidural steroid injection (TAESI).
METHODS: Patients undergoing TAESI for low back pain were recruited and stratified according to statin use. Pain was evaluated with a visual analogue scale (VAS) before and at 1, 3, and 6 months after TAESI. Health-related quality-of-life was evaluated using the Short Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire 6 months after TAESI.
RESULTS: There were no significant differences in VAS scores after TAESI between statin users (n?=?40) and statin nonusers (n?=?253). The SF-36 subgroup: role limitations due to emotional problems score was significantly lower in statin users than statin nonusers. There were no significant between-group differences in any other SF-36 parameter.
CONCLUSION: Statin use had no effect on pain scores after TAESI.

PMID: 26912508 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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