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The addition of a corticosteroid to epidural injections of an anesthetic does not enhance pain reduction in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of lower back and leg pain, according to a new study. The findings, published in the July 3 issue of New England Journal of Medicine and funded by AHRQ, studied patients six weeks after treatment and found those whose lidocaine anesthetic was supplemented with a corticosteroid experienced minimal to no additional benefit compared with patients who received injections of anesthetic alone.

Epidural injection of anesthetic with corticosteroid is a common treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis. It is estimated that more than 2.2 million lumbar epidural steroid injections are given each year to Medicare patients and that rates and associated costs of the procedure have increased nearly 300% over the last two decades, according to a news release.

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