Nerve block as treatment for hot flashes?

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Question from Portianna: Can you talk about the nerve block that was studied in the treatment of hot flashes? What is it and how does it work? Thanks.
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. I saw the study but I hate to admit I don't know a lot of the details. The study looked at a particular nerve block that had to be administered by an anesthesiologist. There were very few complications. Many of the women did report a decrease in hot flashes. But I don't know how widely available that procedure might be, and at this point we have only seen one small study to know how effective this might be.

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