The Stellate Ganglion Block procedure (SGB) appears to be therapeutic in children with PTSD.
SGB is an anesthetic procedure that has been performed since 1925 and is considered a low risk pain procedure done under x-ray guidance. An SGB procedure consists of anesthetizing the “fight or flight” nerve center called the stellate ganglion located in the neck. The procedure takes about ten minutes and is fast acting, with a noticeable change in mental state occurring within 30 minutes. Many patients are sedated for the procedure so pediatric compliance is not a problem.