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The Importance of Examination Prior to Nerve Block Procedures
  1. Verne L. Brechner, M.D.
  1. From the Centinela Pain Management Center, Inglewood, California


A case history, in which a patient referred for a course of stellate blocks was found to have a Pancoast tumor with possible brain metastases, illustrates the importance of a complete history and physical examination prior to performing any diagnostic or therapeutic nerve blocks.

  • Pain diagnosis
  • Nerve block

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