J Dent Anesth Pain Med.  2015 Mar;15(1):35-37.

The effect of stellate ganglion block on the atypical facial pain

  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea. jeon68@knu.ac.kr


Atypical facial pain (AFP) is a type of facial pain which does not fulfill any other diagnosis. It has several features such as no objective signs, no obvious explanation of the cause and poor response to treatments. We report a case of a female patient with AFP on the left maxillary area. The pain was increased by cold innocuous stimulation and thermography showed that the temperature on the painful area was significantly decreased. The pain was successfully alleviated by stellate ganglion block (SGB). Therefore, SGB can be effectively used to treat AFP.


Atypical facial pain; Stellate ganglion block; Thermography

MeSH Terms

Facial Pain*
Stellate Ganglion*


  • Fig. 1 Thermography showed that the temperature was significantly lower in the left maxillary area than the right maxillary area.


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