J Korean Pain Soc.  2001 Dec;14(2):239-244.

Percutaneous Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation of the Stellate Ganglion in the Treatment of Cervical and Upper Extremity Pain: A case report

Affiliations
  • 1Ji Young Kim Anesthesia-Pain Clinic, Korea. aneyeob@thrunet.com
  • 2Ki Yeob Kim Anesthesia-Pain Clinic, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

Stellate ganglion block (SGB) is a frequently used sympathetic block utilized to diagnose or treat various painful conditions of the cervical regions and the upper extremities. Additionally, RadioFrequency (RF) lesions of the stellate ganglion can be useful in managing sympathetically-maintained pain. Two patients were suffering from pain in the face, neck and the upper extremities were treated with stellate ganglion block. In spite of repeated blocks, the degree and duration of pain did not decrease. However, after performing radiofrequency thermocoagulation of the stellate ganglion under fluroscopy, followed by thermography on the process of treatment with RF stellate ganglion neurolysis, the patients' pain levels were alleviated after the RF lesions of stellate ganglion and the procedure also increased the temperature at the upper extremity on thermogarphy. Additionally, the patients did not complain of any remarkable complications following this procedure.

Keyword

Radiofrequency thermocoagulation; Stellate ganglion block

MeSH Terms

Electrocoagulation*
Humans
Neck
Stellate Ganglion*
Thermography
Upper Extremity*
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