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Stellate Ganglion Block

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Stellate Ganglion Block is a block that is performed under fluoroscopy to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve chain and if it is the source of the patient’s arm pain.

• This is primarily a diagnostic block but it may provide pain relief in excess of the duration of the anesthetic. During the procedure a local skin anesthetic is given near the base of the neck on the affected side. The physician may use x-ray to guide the needle placement. A corticosteroid and a local anesthetic medication will be administered. After the procedure a bandage will be placed over the injection site. You will be provided with discharge instructions.

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