Library of Resources

Library of Resources

Videos

60 Minutes feature on CBS: SGB: A possible breakthrough treatment for PTSD (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC2fBe6U7lg

Interview w/ Dr. Mulvaney, a military veteran & a pioneer of SGB for PTSD

https://joywellnesspartners.com/stellate-ganglion-block-san-diego/

Interview w/ a pioneer of SGB for PTSD, Dr. Lipov: SGB: Possible breakthrough treatment for PTSD (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGQRd1E0P9E

A firefighter’s story: Patient Testimonial | Firefighter receives SGB for PTSD (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayTCQBl3vmg

Dakota Meyer’s video to fundraise for SGB (Medal of Honor recipient): SGB TREATMENT FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7_tnuIwRks

 

Readings

VA Fact Sheet: Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (2018)

https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPARTNERSHIPS/docs/CCISGBFactSheet.pdf

Psych Health Center of Excellence Fact Sheet: Stellate Ganglion Block for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2017)

https://www.pdhealth.mil/sites/default/files/images/docs/Stellate%20Ganglion%20Block%20for%20PTSD_508.pdf

Military Times article: New research shows nerve injections are effective for treating PTSD symptoms (2019)

https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2019/11/06/new-research-shows-nerve-injections-are-effective-for-treating-ptsd-symptoms/

Medscape article: Five-Minute Injection May Offer an Effective Option for PTSD (2019)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/920970

Overview from Cornell: Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD

https://cornellpainclinic.com/stellate-ganglion-block-emerging-treatment-for-ptsd/

Overview by Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon: STELLATE GANGLION BLOCK (SGB) TO TREAT POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

https://painspecialists.com/ptsd-treatment/

Overview by Direct Orthopedic Care: SGB for PTSD Relief (2020)

https://www.directorthocare.com/sgb-for-ptsd-relief/

Effort to pass legislation: Treatment that reduces PTSD should be allowed to be used by more veterans: lawmaker (2020)

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/06/treatment-that-reduces-ptsd-should-be-allowed-to-be-used-by-more-veterans-lawmaker.html

US Naval Institute article: PTSD: Treat the Epidemic in Our Ranks – New Medical Evidence for Dealing with It Head On (2019)

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2019/november/ptsd-treat-epidemic-our-ranks

Spine Review overview: 6 Points on Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Stellate Ganglion Block (2012)

https://www.beckersspine.com/pain/item/10476-6-points-on-treating-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-with-stellate-ganglion-block.html

 

Clinical Studies

NIH Study on effectiveness: Evidence Brief: Effectiveness of Stellate Ganglion Block for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)(2017)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK442253/

JAMA Psychiatry publication: Effect of Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms – A Randomized Clinical Trial (2019)

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2753810

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs – Military Operational Medicine: Effectiveness and Patient Acceptability of Stellate Ganglion Block for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms among Active Duty Military Members (2019)

https://cdmrp.army.mil/dmrdp/research_highlights/19walters-olmsted_highlight

 

Potential Side Effects of SGB

Note:

  1. When reading about side effects (SE) of SGB, we recommend you look at the total SGB literature – not just SGB for PTSD, as it’s the same procedure – but SGB was around long before its use for PTSD. This gives the medical world a much more robust view of potential SEs.
  2. Be careful to distinguish potential SEs when the SGB is administered with use of imaging (e.g., ultrasound, x-ray) vs. blindly via the doctor feeling for “landmarks.” The latter is considered more risky.
  3. There is a difference between SEs (e.g., hoarseness, droopy eyelid) and complications (e.g., erroneous punctures).

PubMed Survey of SEs: Complications and side effects of stellate ganglion blockade. Results of a questionnaire survey (1992)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1570888/

Allied Academies Study of SEs: Complications and success rates of stellate ganglion blockade; blind technique vs. fluoroscopic guidance (2017)

https://www.alliedacademies.org/articles/complications-and-success-rates-of-stellate-ganglion-blockade-blind-technique-vs-fluoroscopic-guidance.html

Centers for Pain Control: Ganglion Nerve Block

https://discover-cpc.com/pain-management/patient-education-information/stellate-ganglion-blocks/

Cleveland Clinic: Stellate Ganglion Block

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/17507-stellate-ganglion-block