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Developments in Anaesthetics & Pain Management

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block: An Underutilized Tool in Pain Management

  • Open or Close Barry J Kraynack*

    President of White Bear Associates, LLC, USA

    *Corresponding author:Barry J. Kraynack, MD, President of White Bear Associates, LLC. USA

Submission: November 01, 2017;Published: November 13, 2017

Volume1 Issue1
November 2017

Abstract

The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block has been utilized to treat a wide variety of pain disorders. Postganglionic parasympathetic, sympathetic neurons, and the somatic sensory afferents can all be blocked by an SPG block. We examine the SPG anatomy, the techniques of blockade and the vast spectrum of conditions and indications for SPG block for pain relief.

SPG block is an easy, safe and cost-effective method of management of acute, chronic and breakthrough pain which provides immediate relief and minimal side effects. It can be performed in a hospital or surgery center, clinic, office, ER department or at home. It is presently an underutilized and overlooked tool in pain therapy that should be more widely used.

Keywords: Sphenopalatine ganglion; SPG block; Indications; Techniques; Anatomy; Pain

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