A new way to relieve abdominal pain caused by chronic pancreatitis

Takeaway

  • Subcostal transversus abdominis plane (STAP) block with depot steroids provides clinically significant pain relief in abdominal myofascial pain syndrome (AMPS) secondary to chronic pancreatitis but does not relieve pain in chronic active pancreatitis.

Why this matters

  • STAP block treatment (depot steroids, pulsed radiofrequency treatment) could play a role in managing people with chronic abdominal pain secondary to chronic pancreatitis where there are no clinical, biochemical, or radiological signs of ongoing inflammation.

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