NEJM Article by Dr. Sibell & Colleagues

07/02/14  Portland, OR

Dr. David Sibell was site director for a multisite, double-blinded randomized clinical trial involving 400 patients who suffered from lumbar spinal stenosis with moderate-to-severe leg pain and disability, and who received epidural injections of glucocorticoids plus lidocaine or lidocaine alone. The study found that adding glucocorticoids offered little or no benefit compared with epidural injection of lidocaine alone, in terms of alleviating pain up to 6 weeks after injection. The research was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The study has just been published in the NEJM (link to the article as well as the Editorial below). Congratulations to Dr. Sibell, research coordinator Kathy Parker and other colleagues at the comprehensive Pain Center on completing the study and the important findings, which will undoubtedly have an impact on clinical practice.

Epidural GC for Spinal Stenosis


NY Times article

Nabil Alkayed
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesioogy & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University