Sympathetic Blocks for Pain

A. Sharma, J. N. Campbell, S. N. Raja

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) may play a critical role in the maintenance of certain pain states. These states have traditionally been treated with interventional procedures that block or modify the sympathetic discharge to the affected region. In addition, sympathetic blocks are also used in the treatment of ischemic pain states as well as visceral pain associated with abdominal or pelvic cancers. This chapter focuses on the basic concepts of SNS involvement in pain disorders and provides an overview of techniques that are utilized to diagnose and treat these conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPain
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Block
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Intravenous regional sympathetic blockade (IRSB)
  • Local anesthetic sympathetic blocks (LASBs)
  • Sympathetically maintained pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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