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Intraarticular facet block: diagnostic test or therapeutic procedure?

Radiology 1984 May
The specificity of the intraarticular facet block as a diagnostic test for facet joint disease is currently unknown. Capsular rupture with epidural and periarticular diffusion is probably responsible for many false positive findings. We found a comparatively low success rate of the procedure in 25 patients in whom maximal volumes were strictly controlled to avoid extravasation.

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