The stellate ganglion is a group of nerves that supply the head, upper extremities, and organs of the chest. A stellate ganglion block is an injection of local anesthetic to block the sympathetic nerves located on either side of the voice box in the neck or in the head, upper arm, and upper chest. An injection to the nerves may reduce pain such as pain, swelling, color, and it may also improve mobility. The stellate ganglion block involves inserting a needle through skin and deeper tissues.
This injection is typically ordered by your doctor for pain located in the head, neck, chest or arm caused by sympathetically maintained pain causalgia, herpes zoster, or intractable angina. A stellate ganglion block is used to diagnose or treat circulation problems or nerve injuries, including:
This is usually the procedure for an epidural injection treatment:
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