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Ǵм Yeungnam Univ J Med 2018;35(1):104-108

CASE REPORT

Use of stellate ganglion block for treatment of recurrent syncope followed by chest pain

Young-ung Kim, Yong-joon Shin, Young Woo Cho
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, Korea
Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, 877, Bangeojinsunhwando-ro, Dong-gu, Ulsan 44033, Korea
Tel: +82-52-250-7243, Fax: +82-52-250-7249
E-mail: ywcho67@gmail.com

Received: August 3, 2017, Revised: September 22, 2017 Accepted: September 28, 2017

Abstract

Syncope is defined as a transient loss of consciousness and postural tone, characterized by rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous recovery. Stellate ganglion block (SGB) is a nerve block method that is used for treatment of neuropathic pain in the head, neck and upper extremities, especially trigeminal neuralgia, postherpetic neuralgia and complex regional pain syndrome. SGB can modulate and stabilize the sympathetic nervous system, which prevents it from overexcitation and improves symptoms of syncope. The authors report a patient who was treated for pain and edema of both upper extremities with SGB, then showed improvement in recurrent syncope followed by chest pain and overall quality of life.

Key Words: Keywords: Stellate ganglion block; Syncope; Chest pain; Upper extremity pain; Sympathetic nervous system

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