Background. Lower back pain is a common reason for disability and the most common cause is lumbar disc herniation. Percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis has been applied to relieve pain and increase the functional capacity of patients who present this condition. Objectives. In this study, we retrospectively evaluated the factors which predict the outcome of percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis in patients who were diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation. Methods. Electronic medical records of patients diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation who have received percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis treatment were reviewed. Te primary outcome was the factors that were associated with substantial response of ≥4 points or ≥50% of pain relief in the numerical rating scale pain score 12 months afer the treatment. Results. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that the presence of high-intensity zone (HIZ) at magnetic resonance imaging was a predictor of substantial response to percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis for 12 months (p = 0.007). Te presence of a condition involving the vertebral foramen was a predictor for unsuccessful response afer 12 months (p = 0.02). Discussion and Conclusion. Te presence of HIZ was a predictor of favorable long-term outcome afer percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis for the treatment of lower back pain with radicular pain caused by lumbar disc herniation.
Moon, S. H., Lee, J. I., Cho, H. S., Shin, J. W., & Koh, W. U. (2017). Factors for predicting favorable outcome of percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis for lumbar disc herniation. Pain Research and Management, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/1494538