Study: Local Anesthetics Could Improve Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
Journal of Anesthesia and Clinical Research.
The study is a consolidation of published case reports and case series on the use of stellate ganglion block to treat patients who have tried conventional PTSD therapies without success. Twenty-four cases were examined by two independent evaluators.
The study found that 17 cases received one SGB and seven received multiple SGBs. Clinically-meaningful improvements were observed in 75 percent of cases after SGB. On average, PTSD improved by 50.4 percent for cases receiving one SGB and 69 percent for cases receiving multiple SGBs.
"Our article shows that SGB rapidly reduces chronic PTSD symptoms in patients treated across the country by Army, Navy, and civilian doctors alike. The growing evidence-base from multiple credible institutions caring for active duty service members, veterans and civilians who suffer from PTSD are consistent and impressive when examined in their totality," said Maryam Navaie, DrPH, president and CEO of Advance Health Solutions and lead study author.
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