Letter to the Editor

Regarding “Efficacy of Stellate Ganglion Blockade for the Management of Type 1 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”

Authors: Kosmas I. Paraskevas, MD, FASA, Alexandra A. Michaloglou, MD, Maria Samara, MD, Despina D. Briana, MD


To the Editor:

We read with interest the article by Ackerman and Zhang1 examining the efficacy of stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS I) of the hand.

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1. Ackerman WE, Zhang JM. Efficacy of stellate ganglion blockade for the management of type 1 complex regional pain syndrome. South Med J 2006;99:1084–1088.
2. Paraskevas KI, Michaloglou AA, Briana DD, et al. Treatment of complex regional pain syndrome type I of the hand with a series of intravenous regional sympathetic blocks with guanethidine and lidocaine. Clin Rheumatol 2006;25:687–693.
3. Bonelli S, Conoscente F, Movilia PG, et al. Regional intravenous guanethidine vs stellate ganglion block in reflex sympathetic dystrophies: a randomized trial. Pain 1983;16:297–307.