Editor-in-Chief: Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, PhD
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