Glossary E


Epidural analgesia

The infusion of local anesthetic drugs, with or without the addition of opioids, into the epidural space. It is useful in reducing acute postsurgical pain, acute pain from causes such as labor and trauma, and sometimes in the management of cancer-related pain.

Epidural steroids

Injections of steroids into the epidural space to treat radicular pain; they are mainly indicated for conditions of nerve root irritation and inflammation.

Eutectic mixture of local anesthetics (EMLA)

An ointment that contains local anesthetics so that topical application causes local anesthesia without the need for injection.