Fluoroscopy-guided sacroiliac intraarticular injection via the middle portion of the joint

Daisuke Kurosawa, Eiichi Murakami, Toshimi Aizawa

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Objective. Sacroiliac intraarticular injection is necessary to confirm sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain and is usually performed via the caudal one-third portion of the joint. However, this is occasionally impossible for anatomical reasons, and the success rate is low in clinical settings. We describe a technique via the middle portion of the joint. Design. Observational study. Subjects. Enrolled were 69 consecutive patients (27 men and 42 women, with an average age of 53 years) in whom the middle portion of 100 joints was targeted. Method. With the patient lying prone-oblique with the painful side down, a spinal needle was inserted into the middle portion of the joint. Subsequently, the fluoroscopy tube was angled at a caudal tilt of 25-30° to clearly detect the recess between the ilium and sacrum and the needle depth and direction. When the needle reached the posterior joint line, 2% lidocaine was injected after the contrast medium outlined the joint. Results. The success rate of the injection method was 80% (80/100). Among 80 successful cases, four were previously unsuccessful when the conventional method was used. Intraarticular injection using the new technique was unsuccessful in 20 joints; in three of these cases, the conventional method proved successful, and no techniques were successful in the other 17 cases. Conclusion. The injection technique via the middle portion of the joint can overcome some of the difficulties of the conventional injection method and can improve the chances of successful intraarticular injection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1642-1648
Number of pages7
JournalPain Medicine (United States)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept 1


  • Intraarticular injection
  • Middle portion
  • Sacroiliac joint
  • Technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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