Celiac Plexus Block

The Celiac Plexus Block is used to diagnose and relieve abdominal pain caused by cancer or pancreatitis. The injection blocks the nerves serving the abdomen. An intravenous anesthetic could be used to relax the patient.

A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and tissue down to the celiac plexus. The physician then uses fluoroscopy and contrast solution to confirm the correct location of needle tip. An anesthetic medicine is injected around the nerves to block pain signals reaching the brain.

The first injection could be a test. If pain relief appears, a permanent celiac plexus block could be used. Most patients have immediate pain relief after the injection.


Possible side effects could be compared with common injection side effects, i.e. allergic reaction, bacterial infection, or bleeding in seldom cases. Steroids side effects are facial, eye, arms, or legs swelling and elevated sugars for diabetic patients.

It is very important that the patient inform the physician about pregnancy or if he/she is taking blood thinning medication.