US-Guided Stellate Ganglion Block In Refractory VT

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Medically Challenging Case Report Poster 


Duran Mitchell  
SUNY At Stony Brook, Department of Anesthesiology


Melia McManus  
SUNY At Stony Brook, Department of Anesthesiology
William Caldwell  
Stony Brook University Hospital


63-year-old male admitted with septic shock with ongoing respiratory failure who was status post-tracheostomy placement, NSTEMI, and end stage cardiomyopathy with LVAD and RVAD, impella and IABP with insufficient support that eventually led ECMO. Recurrent and refractory VT with frequent shocks complicated the patient's course. The Cardiothoracic ICU consulted the chronic pain service consulted for a stellate ganglion block, which was performed on three separate occasions. The patient was fully anti-coagulated with a tracheostomy in place, providing a secure airway should bleeding occur. The procedure was well-tolerated with cessation of VT, the longest of which lasted two weeks.
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Pain Management

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