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Safety and Patient Acceptability of Stellate Ganglion Blockade as a Treatment Adjunct for Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Quality Assurance Initiative.

Authors:
Brian McLean

Cureus 2015 Sep 10;7(9):e320. Epub 2015 Sep 10.

Tripler Army Medical Center.

Objective:  To perform a quality assurance and performance improvement project through review of our single center data on the safety and patient acceptability of the stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) procedure for the relief of symptoms related to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder.

Background:  Our interventional pain management service has been offering trials of SGB therapy to assist with the management of the sympathetically mediated anxiety and hyperarousal symptoms of severe and treatment-refractory combat-related PTSD. There have been multiple case series in the literature describing the potential impact of this procedure for PTSD symptom management as well as the safety of image-guided procedures. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.7759/cureus.320DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4601906PMC
September 2015
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