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2021 Jan 19

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Stellate Ganglion Block as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Option in Chronic Pericardial Pain: A Case Report.



The underlying pathophysiology and treatment of chronic pericardial chest pain remains unclear. We describe a clinical case of a 38-year-old patient with chronic chest pain in the context of Marfan syndrome, status post-valve-sparing aortic root repair, and recurrent pericarditis. The patient suffers from chronic pericardial pain secondary to recurrent pericarditis refractory to pharmacotherapy. A left-sided stellate ganglion block (SGB) was performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Postprocedure follow-up demonstrated significant analgesic benefit at 8 months after the procedure.