Review Article
Volume 13 Issue 5 - 2021
Is Stellate Ganglion Block an Alternative Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?
Hani Raoul Khouzam*
Staff Psychiatrist, PTSD Treatment Program, VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS), Mather and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, California, USA
*Corresponding Author: Hani Raoul Khouzam, Staff Psychiatrist, PTSD Treatment Program, VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS), Mather California, USA.
Received: March 19, 2021; Published: April 09, 2021


Stellate Ganglion Block, also known as cervical sympathetic block, is an outpatient procedure which is approved for diagnosing and treating complex pain syndromes affecting multiple locations in the head, neck, face, chest or arms. Although, there are several evidence based and effective pharmacological and psychological treatments that are available for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Many patients do not respond or do not adhere to these effective treatments due to the chronicity of their illness, the occurrence of adverse effects or the presence of social stigma associated with receiving psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatments. This article review the definition of posttraumatic stress disorder, and its currently available conventional treatments, then summarizes the historical background, the rational and the possible risks associated with the use of Stellate Ganglion Block as a potential alternative treatment modality for posttraumatic stress disorder. There is still an urgent need to undergo rigorous welldesigned randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled research clinical trials to confirm the utility of Stellate Ganglion Block as an alternative evidence-based treatment modality for posttraumatic stress disorder.

Keywords: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Stellate Ganglion Block; Psychotherapy; Psychopharmacology; Treatment; Guidelines


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Citation: Hani Raoul Khouzam. “Is Stellate Ganglion Block an Alternative Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?”. EC Neurology 13.5 (2021): 08-13.

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