Percutaneous treatment odf cervical and thoracic intervertebral hernias with radiopaque gelified ethanol

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Interventional Spine

Jacques Theron, MD
Leopoldo Guimaraens, MD, Non ASSR Member
Alfredo Casasco, MD, Non ASSR Member
Teresa Sola, MD, Non ASSR Member
Hugo Cuellar, MD, Non ASSR Member
Patrick Courtheoux, MD, Non ASSR Member

Scientific Paper


Pure Ethanol has been shown to be efficient in the treatment of disk hernias (1). Nevertheless its use in cervical, thoracic hernias and in hernias with epidural leak at discography appears relatively risky because of the difficulty in limiting its diffusion. We present here a complement of the pilot study dealing with lumbar hernias (2).
The addition of ethylcellulose to ethanol results in a viscous product that nevertheless is injectable.In order to precisely determine the site of the injection an inert metallic powder was added to the product .

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