Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Celiac Plexus Neurolysis (EUS-CPN) for Chronic Pancreatitis

Study Purpose

Physicians need a tracking system for specific treatment modalities, and data to determine the impact of endoscopic ultrasound pain management for patients with chronic pancreatitis.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - 18 years of age or older.
  • - Referral for the treatment of pain related to chronic pancreatitis.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Less than 18 years of age.
- Absence of chronic pancreatitis

Trial Details

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Lead Sponsor

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Indiana University
Principal Investigator

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Mo A, MD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Indiana University
Agency Class

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Chronic Pancreatitis
Additional Details

Chronic pancreatitis is extremely painful and pain management in patients with chronic pancreatitis is challenging. The etiology of abdominal pain in chronic pancreatitis is considered multifactorial. Current treatments for pain control primarily include narcotic & opioid administration; however, these medications require titration of dosage for optimal pain control and are frequently followed by adverse effects such as constipation, nausea or drug addiction. Currently, the FDA has imposed strict regulations regarding the amount, frequency & length of time patients may receive these medications. With tightly controlled regulations for prescribing narcotics and opioids for chronic pain management, the epidemic of street drug usage and overdose has dramatically increased. Alternatively, celiac plexus block and celiac plexus neurolysis performed under EUS guidance have been employed for pain control for at least 2 decades and deemed safe. Celiac plexus block refers to temporary inhibition of nerves of the celiac plexus, by using a combination of steroid and numbing medications injected into the celiac plexus ganglia. Celiac plexus neurolysis (CPN) refers to a temporary to semi-permanent inhibition of nerves of the celiac plexus ganglia. Injection of alcohol as a neurolytic agent is used in place of the steroid which causes neurolysis of the celiac plexus or ganglia. This study will focus on collecting data related to endoscopic ultrasound procedures performed by Indiana University EUS physicians; specifically for the management of chronic pancreatitis pain. This data will be used for research purposes to determine the clinical impact of EUS-CPN management in chronic pancreatitis pain. The physicians will also be able to better understand the patient's condition and disease process that may lead to improved patient management.

Arms & Interventions


: Chronic Pancreatitis Patients

Patients that have Chronic Pancreatitis and the current treatment with Celiac Plexus Blocks (CPB) are providing minimal relief of pain (CPB provide less than one month of pain relief). These patient will then receive a Celiac Plexus Neurolysis.


Procedure: - Celiac Plexus Neurolysis

When CPBs are not effective (less than one month of relief) then a Celiac Plexus Neurolysis may be completed to manage pain associated with Chronic Pancreatitis.

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Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana




Indiana University Hospital

Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

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