J Dent Anesth Pain Med.  2016 Sep;16(3):159-163. 10.17245/jdapm.2016.16.3.159.

Therapeutic potential of stellate ganglion block in orofacial pain: a mini review

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

Abstract

Orofacial pain is a common complaint of patients that causes distress and compromises the quality of life. It has many etiologies including trauma, interventional procedures, nerve injury, varicella-zoster (shingles), tumor, and vascular and idiopathic factors. It has been demonstrated that the sympathetic nervous system is usually involved in various orofacial pain disorders such as postherpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndromes, and atypical facial pain. The stellate sympathetic ganglion innervates the head, neck, and upper extremity. In this review article, the effect of stellate ganglion block and its mechanism of action in orofacial pain disorders are discussed.

Keyword

Head; Orofacial; Pain; Stellate ganglion block; Sympathetic Nervous System

MeSH Terms

Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
Facial Pain*
Ganglia, Sympathetic
Head
Humans
Neck
Neuralgia, Postherpetic
Quality of Life
Stellate Ganglion*
Sympathetic Nervous System
Upper Extremity
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