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2022 Dec 02


[Electrotherapeutical stellate ganglion block on a patient with complex regional pain syndrome of the upper limb].


The case of a 51-year-old patient with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) of the left hand after radius distortion is reported. Anticonvulsant therapy was difficult in this case due to persisting epilepsy with already dual therapy (lamotrigine and brivaracetam) at high dosage. With existing neuropathic pain, pronounced allodynia and hyperhidrosis, repetitive transcutaneous monophasic electrotherapy was applied above the stellate ganglion. A ganglion blockage could not be clinically confirmed in the absence of Horner syndrome, but neuropathic pain and hyperhidrosis could be positively influenced. This case report summarizes the electrode positions used, current parameters, pitfalls and therapy limitations and discusses them in relation to the literature.