Review of Sympathetic Blocks

This review explores the anatomy, sonoanatomy, and evidence supporting these injections and focuses on ultrasound-guided/assisted technique for the performance of these blocks

Samir Baig; Jee Youn Moon; Hariharan Shankar


Scholarcy highlights

  • The autonomic nervous system is composed of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • The sympathetic nervous system is implicated in situations involving emergent action by the body and plays a role in mediating pain states and pathologies in the body
  • Painful conditions thought to have a sympathetically mediated component may respond to blockade of the corresponding sympathetic fibers
  • The paravertebral sympathetic chain has been targeted for various painful conditions
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