Cahiers d'études et de recherches francophones / Santé


Treating pain related to inoperable pancreatic cancer in tropical areas: The advantage of CT-guided celiac plexus block and splanchnic nerves neurolysis Volume 15, issue 2, Mai-Juin 2005


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Service d’imagerie médicale, CHU-Cocody-Abidjan, 04 BPV 997, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Service d’imagerie médicale, EPS Charles Nicolle, Boulevard du 9 avril 1938, 1006 Tunis, Tunisie

Many sub-Saharan African countries have recently acquired computed tomography scanners that make interventional radiology possible, especially for the treatment of cancer pain. We report the case of a patient with severe abdominal pain related to advanced pancreas cancer. After unsuccessful morphine treatment, he underwent CT-guided alcohol injection for neurolysis of the celiac plexus and splanchnic nerves. This report describes the technique and discusses its potential applications in tropical countries.