Dr. Mukarram A. Khan, DO
7691 Five Mile Road, Suite 10
Cincinnati, OH 45230
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The stellate ganglion is a nerve complex in the neck that controls autonomic function in parts of the face and arms. These autonomic functions include whether the skin is warm or cool to the touch, as well as responses like sweating and goose bumps. In certain conditions, the nerves from the stellate ganglion as well as some nearby nerves can become involved in the transmission of pain signals from the face and arms to the brain. Blocking these nerve signals can produce dramatic and sometimes long-term relief of pain. This block is usually performed under X-ray guidance to minimize the risks to the patient. After receiving this block, the patients will often notice several common side effects. These include an enlarged pupil and drooping eyelid on the side that was blocked, a hoarse voice, and the sensation of having a lump in the throat. These are normal responses to stellate ganglion block and will resolve in 8-12 hours. Patients usually return to work the day after this procedure.