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Celiac Plexus Block

What is it?

The celiac plexus is a network of interconnecting fibers behind the stomach. It can be a source of chronic abdominal pain. It gives rise to a number of smaller nerve bundles, including for the liver, spleen, stomach, pancreatic, and near the kidney.

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle through the lower back to the celiac plexus. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.

What patients are candidates?

Patients with chronic abdominal pain from pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer are a few of the candidates.

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.