When should an MRI be done for patients with symptoms of sciatica?

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When should an MRI be done for patients with symptoms of sciatica?

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Title: When should an MRI be done for patients with symptoms of sciatica?
Author: Pellant, Angie; Cadwallader, Kara
Keywords: paresthesia
red flag indicators
Date: 2008-05
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Evidence Based Practice 11(5): 04-05.
Series/Report no.: Help Desk Answers
Abstract: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) should be considered in patients with sciatica if “red flag” symptoms are present. MRI should also be considered for patients with sciatica in whom conservative treatment has failed over 4 to 6 weeks and who are potential surgical candidates. (SOR B, derived from evidence- based guidelines.)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/7323

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