What is the celiac plexus block?
The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves that surrounds the aorta, the main artery into your abdomen. It consists of a network of interconnecting, radiating nerve fibers known as your celiac ganglia, which can be the epicenter of a variety of pain points. Blocking these nerves from carrying pain information can help you stop feeling pain in your abdomen.
Why is a celiac plexus block performed?
A celiac plexus block is performed to block the celiac plexus of nerves that go various organs and parts of the abdomen. It is commonly performed by interventional pain management physician, like Dr. Li, to provide pain relief for chronic pancreatitis, various chronic abdominal pain, including abdominal pain caused by abdominal (primary or secondary) cancer.
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