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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-56

Revalidation of a modified and safe approach of stellate ganglion block

Senior Consultant and HOD, Anaesthesia, Tata Motors Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Ashok Jadon
Duplex - 63, Vijaya Heritage, Phase-6, Uliyan, Kadma, Jamshedpur
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.76601

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Stellate ganglion block (SGB) is very effective in management of chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS-1). However, serious complication may occur due to accidental intravascular (intra-arterial) injection of local anaesthetic agents. Abdi and others, has suggested a modified technique in which fluoroscopy-guided block is given at the junction of uncinate process and body of vertebra at C7 level. In this approach vascular structures remain away from the trajectory of needle and thus avoid accidental vascular injection. We have used this technique of SGB in nine patients who were treated for CRPS-I. The blocks were effective in all the patients all the time without any vascular or other serious complication.

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