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  1. 2022;6;225-228 Stellate Ganglion Block for the Treatment of Facial Erythromelalgia: A Case Report
    Case Report
    Mohammed Alzarah, MB BCh BAO, and Alexander J. Kim, MD.

BACKGROUND: Erythromelalgia (EM) is a rare disease characterized by recurrent episodes of erythema, pain, and burning dysesthesia, most often involving the extremities. A rare, atypical presentation involves the face. There are no current guidelines, with overall lack of consensus for the treatment of EM, and therapies are often formulated on a case-by-case basis.

CASE REPORT: We describe the case of a 48-year-old woman who presented with facial EM causing erythema and burning pain with significant impact on quality of life, and was successfully treated with stellate ganglion block.

CONCLUSION: This case highlights that stellate ganglion blocks can be an effective treatment option for patients with facial EM, alongside other conservative therapies that may include medical management.

KEY WORDS: Erythromelalgia, facial erythromelalgia, stellate ganglion block, ultrasound guidance