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2020 Mar

Pain Physician



Comparisons of Monopolar Lesion Volumes with Hypertonic Saline Solution in Radiofrequency Ablation: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Ex Vivo Study.


Paul C, Suvar T, Goree J, Sanford J, Srinivasan N, Choi H
Pain Physician. 2020 Mar; 23(2):159-164.
PMID: 32214295.


Chronic degeneration of the zygapophyseal joints in the cervical or lumbar spine are common causes of axial back pain. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a treatment modality in the denervation of facet joint-related pain. Although multiple factors have been theorized to contribute to the size of the optimal RF lesion, the addition of hypertonic saline solution has been posited to create larger RF lesion sizes.