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Treatment of lumbar disc herniation with medical ozone

YU Zhi-jian,HE Xiao-feng,LI Yang-hao(Department of Radiology,Zhujiang Hospital,the First Military Medical University,Guangzhou510282,China)  
Objective To evaluate the effect of percutaneous intradiscal ozone-injection in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation.Methods One hundreds and twenty-four patients with lumbar disc herniation were injected 6-10 ml medical ozone into discs with 21 G needles under fluoroscopic guidance,and 10 ml of medical ozone were also injected into the paravertebral space when the needle was withdrawn near the intervertebral foramen.The ozone concentration was 40 μg/ml.Results All patients were followed up over the period of 6-18 months.The overall efficacy was 76.6 % with the excellent 31.5 %,the good 45.1% and the fair/poor 23.4% respectively.Most of the patients obtained therapeutic effect in the period of half to 1 month after treatment.No severe complications were found throughout this study.Conclusion Percutaneous intradiscal ozone-injection is an effective and safe method for treatment of lumbar disc herniation.
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