J Korean Pain Soc.  2002 Dec;15(2):177-182.

Pulsed Radiofrequency Lesioning of the Stellate Ganglion in Raynaud's Syndrome: A case report

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea. jun373@hanmail.net

Abstract

Raynaud's phenomenon is an intermittent attack of ischemia of the extremities of the body, particularly the fingers, toes, ears, and nose, which is caused by exposure to cold or emotional stimuli. A stellate ganglion block is useful for diagnosing and treating various vascular compromises of the upper extremities due to Raynaud's disease, frostbite, or other forms of vascular insufficiency. Radiofrequency (RF) lesioning may be used for selective neuroablative procedures for treating various chronic pain disorders. Recently, the advent of pulsed RF lesioning has made this treatment safer, which has significantly increased its utility. We experienced a patient with Raynaud's syndrome who was successfully treated with pulsed RF lesioning of the stellate ganglion. The treatment was tolerated well without any related complications after 2 months.

Keyword

Pulsed radiofrequency; Raynaud's syndrome; Stellate ganglion

MeSH Terms

Chronic Pain
Ear
Extremities
Fingers
Frostbite
Humans
Ischemia
Nose
Raynaud Disease
Stellate Ganglion*
Toes
Upper Extremity
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