Background and Objectives The classical technique for blocking the superior hypogastric plexus (SHP) described by Plancarte sometimes renders the desired needle placement difficult. This article describes an alternative approach for blocking the SHP.
Methods Three patients with pelvic pain from endometriosis underwent an anterior approach to block the SHP with fluoroscopic guidance. The ages of the patients ranged from 21 to 34 years, pain duration ranged from 2 to 4 years, and pain score on a visual analog scale of 0-10 ranged from 7 to 8.
Results All patients had significant pain relief immediately after the block. The pain scores postblock ranged from 0 to 4/10. The duration of pain relief varied from 1 to 14 days. The contrast material localized at the L5 vertebral body in the posteroanterior and lateral views.
Conclusion We present a new approach to block the SHP with fluoroscopic guidance in patients with chronic benign pelvic pain.
- superior hypogastric plexus
- pelvic pain
- autonomic nerve block
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