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Celiac Plexus Block: Management of Abdominal Pain in Patients With Late-Stage Cancer

Korinne Ashlock
CJON 2018, 22(6), 663-665 DOI: 10.1188/18.CJON.663-665

Background: A majority of patients with abdominal cancer report intractable abdominal pain as their disease progresses. For intractable abdominal pain related to malignancy, celiac plexus block can provide relief and reduce the use of oral opioids, helping to improve quality of life.

Objectives: The aim of this article is to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of celiac plexus block as a pain management option for patients with late-stage abdominal cancer.

Methods: A literature review of articles about pain in late-stage patients with cancer, with a focus on abdominal pain, pain management techniques, and quality of life, was undertaken.

Findings: Celiac plexus block is an effective nontraditional pain management strategy that treats intractable abdominal pain and improves patients’ quality of life.

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