1 de outubro de 2012

Artigo recomendado: Anesthesia Method Suggests Possible Cure For Post-trauma Stress

Michael Vlessides

Clinical Anesthesiology - ISSUE: SEPTEMBER 2012 | VOLUME: 38:9

Treatment options for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are by no means universally effective. From yoga to sleep therapy, pharmacotherapy to traditional counseling, reported rates of improvement are only between 20% and 30%. But an Illinois anesthesiologist believes a staple of pain medicine—the stellate ganglion nerve block—may prove to be the standard of care for PTSD.

Eugene Lipov, MD, medical director of Advanced Pain Centers in Hoffman Estates, Ill., said stellate ganglion blocks are effective in the overwhelming majority of patients with PTSD that he has treated.

Dr. Lipov said the genesis of the therapy came in 2004, when he treated a woman with severe hot flashes who also had complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

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