Stellate Ganglion Block Improves Photophobia in Postherpetic Neuralgia

HealthDay News — Stellate ganglion block benefits photophobia secondary to trigeminal postherpetic neuralgia, according to a case report published in Pain Practice.

Alexander Sinofsky, MD, from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and colleagues describe the case of a single patient who presented with debilitating photophobia secondary to left-sided trigeminal postherpetic neuralgia. A left-sided stellate ganglion block was performed on the patient under fluoroscopic guidance.

The researchers found that for approximately 6 months after the intervention the patient demonstrated significant reduction in pain score on the visual analogue scale, as well as improved functional capacity.

“This case report provides evidence that sympathectomy via a stellate ganglion block can treat photophobia secondary to postherpetic neuralgia in the V1 distribution,” the authors write.


Sinofsky A, Sharma T, Wright T. Stellate Ganglion Block for Debilitating Photophobia Secondary to Trigeminal, Postherpetic Neuralgia. Pain Pract. 2016; doi:10.1111/papr.12471.