What is a celiac plexus block?
A celiac plexus block is a complex pain management technique. It involves injecting the celiac nerve (a network of nerves in the abdomen) with Bupivacaine and Ketalog. It is often used on patients with pancreatic cancer.
What is the celiac plexus?
The celiac plexus is a network of nerves located near the celiac trunk. It is in close proximity to the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and renal arties that branch off the vagus nerve. The celiac plexus is located behind the stomach and in front of the crura of the diaphragm at the level of the lumbar vertebra L1.
What is a celiac plexus neurolysis?
In the case of terminal cancer, the celiac plexus may be injected with dehydrated alcohol to destroy the nerve and provide pain relief. In very rare instances, a neurolysis may be performed on patients with chronic pain who do not have a terminal illness. But doing a celiac plexus neurolysis does have some risks when applied under these circumstances, so you should consult your doctor.