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Folia Neuropathologica
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1/2009
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Occipital neuralgia: possible failure of surgical treatment

Jarosław Andrychowski
,
Zbigniew Czernicki
,
Tomasz Netczuk
,
Anna Taraszewska
,
Piotr Dąbrowski
,
Łukasz Rakasz
,
Karol Budohoski

Folia Neuropathol 2009; 47 (1): 69-74
Online publish date: 2009/03/26
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Surgical intervention in severe cases of occipital neuralgia should be considered if pharmacological and local nerve blocking treatment fail. The literature suggests two types of interventions: surgical decompression of the greater occipital nerve (GON) from the entrapment site, as a less invasive approach, and neurotomy of the nerve trunk, which results in ipsilateral sensation deficits in the GON innervated area of the skull. Due to anatomical variations in the division of the GON trunk, typical neurotomy above the line of the trapezius muscle aponeurosis (TMA) may not result in full recovery.
The present study discusses a case of a female treated with GON decompression as a result of occipital neuralgia unresponsive to pharmacotherapy, who thereafter was qualified for two consecutive neurotomies due to severe relapse of pain.
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greater occipital nerve, nerve decompression, operative treatment, neurotomy

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