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2020 Jun 16

Med Hypotheses


How does stellate ganglion block alleviate immunologically-linked disorders?


Lipov E, Gluncic V, Lukić IK, Candido K
Med Hypotheses. 2020 Jun 16; 144:110000.
PMID: 32758866.


The stellate ganglion is an autonomic nervous ganglion, formed by the fusion of the inferior cervical sympathetic ganglion and the first thoracic sympathetic ganglion, which is present in about 80% of people. It is anterior to the neck of the first rib and contains neurons that supply sympathetic innervation to the head and neck. Injection of local anesthetics near the stellate ganglion (stellate ganglion block; SGB) has been used for multiple clinical indications including sympathetic-mediated pain and vascular insufficiency syndromes of the upper extremity. In addition, reports on SGB having significant impact on conditions linked to immune dysfunction have been published for a century, but the mechanisms of SGB action have been poorly understood.