Celiac Plexus Block
The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves coming from the pancreas, stomach, liver, and part of the bowels. It is located in the center of the abdomen, underneath the diaphragm. The celiac plexus block procedure is an injection of local anesthetic that is used to block the celiac plexus nerves that transmit pain signals from your abdomen to your brain. This procedure is performed to reduce abdominal pain caused by cancer, chronic pancreatitis, adhesions, and sympathetic nerve dysfunction in the abdomen.
The celiac plexus block procedure can be performed as a diagnostic test or a treatment. Although uncommon, risks for the celiac plexus block procedure may include injury to major blood vessels, nerve roots, kidneys or lungs.
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