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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931106/a-case-of-prethoracic-pain-radiating-upward-and-initiating-nervus-intermedius-neuralgia-and-migraine-headache-could-epicrania-fugax-pain-start-in-the-upper-body
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Yu Wang, Pei-Lin Kan, Yuan-Feng Tao, Xiao-Yan Li, Xiao-Juan Yang, Gui-Ling Liang
Epicrania fugax (EF) was recently classified as a primary headache in the Appendix of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, third edition (ICHD-III). It is characterized by a paroxysmal pain rapidly radiating forward or backward along a linear or zigzag trajectory on the surface of the head. This article reports a 76-year-old woman who newly developed a paroxysmal EF-type pain distributed not only in the territories of the trigeminal and occipital nerves, but also in the territories of the cervical and thoracic nerves...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927912/steinmann-pins-for-c1-lateral-mass-screw-placement-during-atlantoaxial-stabilization
#2
Joshua E Meyers, Kunal Vakharia, Joseph M Kowalski, Vassilios G Dimopoulos, John Pollina
OBJECTIVE: The authors describe a modified technique for placement of the C1 lateral mass screw using a Steinmann pin as a guide. This technique minimizes dissection and provides atlantoaxial stabilization during arthrodesis. METHODS: In our technique, a non-threaded 1.6mm spade-tip Steinmann pin is placed into the lateral mass of C1 to serve as a guide over which a powered drill is used for screw insertion. Perioperative data were collected for consecutive patients who underwent a C1-2 arthrodesis that involved the modified technique between March 2010 and July 2016...
September 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882864/mr-neurography-of-greater-occipital-nerve-neuropathy-initial-experience-in-patients-with-migraine
#3
L Hwang, R Dessouky, Y Xi, B Amirlak, A Chhabra
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: MR imaging of peripheral nerves (MR neurography) allows improved assessment of nerve anatomy and pathology. The objective of this study was to evaluate patients with unilateral occipital neuralgia using MR neurography and to assess the differences in greater occipital nerve signal and size between the symptomatic and asymptomatic sides. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this case-control evaluation using MR neurography, bilateral greater occipital nerve caliber, signal intensity, signal-to-noise ratios, and contrast-to-noise ratios were determined by 2 observers...
September 7, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826707/modified-posterior-c1-lateral-mass-screw-insertion-for-type-ii-odontoid-process-fractures-using-intraoperative-ct-based-spinal-navigation-to-minimize-postoperative-occipital-neuralgia
#4
Basem Ishak, Till Schneider, R Shane Tubbs, Valerie Gimmy, Alexander Younsi, Andreas W Unterberg, Karl L Kiening
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 4, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757915/diagnosis-of-occipital-neuralgia-due-to-upper-cervical-chordoma
#5
EDITORIAL
Young Bok Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Korean Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739475/posterior-osteosynthesis-with-monoaxial-lateral-mass-screw-rod-system-for-unstable-c1-burst-fractures
#6
Yin-Shun Zhang, Jian-Xiang Zhang, Qing-Guo Yang, Wei Li, Hui Tao, Cai-Liang Shen
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Surgical treatment for unstable atlas fractures has evolved in recent decades from C1-C2 or C0-C2 fusion to motion-preservation techniques of open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). However, regardless of transoral or posterior approach, the reduction is still not satisfactory. PURPOSE: The article describes and evaluates a new technique for treating the unstable atlas fractures by using a monoaxial screw-rod system. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective study PATIENT SAMPLE: The sample includes adult patients with unstable C1 fractures treated with a posterior monoaxial screw-rod system...
July 21, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729077/white-matter-microstructure-degenerates-in-patients-with-postherpetic-neuralgia
#7
Fuxiang Chen, Fuyong Chen, Zhanfang Shang, Yuan Shui, Guorong Wu, Chen Liu, Zhangya Lin, Yuanxiang Lin, Lianghong Yu, Dezhi Kang, Wei Tao, Yongjie Li
OBJECTIVE: The central mechanisms underlying postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) pain remains unknown. The primary purpose of this study was to identify microstructural white matter changes closely related to the PHN pain by means of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) analysis. METHODS: DTI data of the brains were obtained from 8 PHN patients and 8 healthy controls (HC) that were matched in age, gender, and educational level. DTI metrics, including fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD), and radial diffusivity (RD), were separately compared between the two groups using TBSS analysis to detect subtle microstructural changes...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727713/local-brain-activity-differences-between-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia-patients-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
#8
Song Cao, Ying Li, Wenwen Deng, Bangyong Qin, Yi Zhang, Peng Xie, Jie Yuan, Buwei Yu, Tian Yu
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) can develop into postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), both of which are painful diseases. PHN patients suffer chronic pain and emotional disorders. Previous studies showed that the PHN brain displayed abnormal activity and structural change, but the difference in brain activity between HZ and PHN is still not known. OBJECTIVES: To identify regional brain activity changes in HZ and PHN brains with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) technique, and to observe the differences between HZ and PHN patients...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721087/epicrania-fugax-combining-forward-and-backward-paroxysms-in-the-same-patient-the-first-four-cases
#9
Johanna Barón-Sánchez, Álvaro Gutiérrez-Viedma, Marina Ruiz-Piñero, Alicia Pérez-Pérez, Ángel Luis Guerrero, María L Cuadrado
BACKGROUND: The first description of epicrania fugax (EF) reported brief painful paroxysms that start in posterior regions of the scalp and move forward to reach the ipsilateral forehead, eye, or nose. A backward variation, wherein pain stems from frontal areas and radiates to the posterior scalp, has also been acknowledged. We report four patients with features reminiscent of EF and the coexistence of forward and backward pain paroxysms. METHODS: We considered all patients attending the headache outpatient office at two tertiary hospitals from March 2008 to March 2016...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700369/pulsed-radiofrequency-in-chronic-pain
#10
Thibaut Vanneste, Astrid Van Lantschoot, Koen Van Boxem, Jan Van Zundert
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The increasing number of publications on pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) treatment of chronic pain reflects the interest for this technique. We summarize the literature for PRF in five indications: radicular pain, trigeminal neuralgia (TN), occipital neuralgia, shoulder and knee pain. RECENT FINDINGS: The efficacy and safety of PRF adjacent to the dorsal root ganglion was documented on cervical and on lumbar level.PRF has been used for the treatment of TN...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699327/acute-onset-severe-occipital-neuralgia-associated-with-high-cervical-lesion-in-patients-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
#11
Yuichi Hayashi, Akihiro Koumura, Megumi Yamada, Akio Kimura, Toshirou Shibata, Takashi Inuzuka
OBJECTIVE: To address occipital neuralgia in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). BACKGROUND: NMOSD is an inflammatory demyelinating disease that commonly presents with pain; however, headache symptoms have received little attention. METHODS: We presented three cases of NMOSD in which the patients experienced acute-onset, severe, and steroid-responsive occipital neuralgia. All patients provided consent to use their demographic and imaging data retrospectively...
July 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634063/occipital-nerve-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-occipital-neuralgia-a-case-series
#12
Orion P Keifer, Ashley Diaz, Melissa Campbell, Yarema B Bezchlibnyk, Nicholas M Boulis
BACKGROUND: Occipital neuralgia is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by sharp, shooting pains in the distribution of the occipital nerves. Although relatively rare, it associated with extremely debilitating symptoms that drastically affect a patient's quality of life. Furthermore, it is extremely difficult to treat as the symptoms are refractory to traditional treatments, including pharmacologic and procedural interventions. A few previous case studies have established the use of a neurostimulation of the occipital nerves to treat occipital neuralgia...
September 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517492/practical-considerations-of-linear-accelerator-based-frameless-extracranial-radiosurgery-for-treatment-of-occipital-neuralgia-for-nonsurgical-candidates
#13
Travis R Denton, Lisa B E Shields, Jonathan N Howe, Todd S Shanks, Aaron C Spalding
Occipital neuralgia generally responds to medical or invasive procedures. Repeated invasive procedures generate increasing complications and are often contraindicated. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has not been reported as a treatment option largely due to the extracranial nature of the target as opposed to the similar, more established trigeminal neuralgia. A dedicated phantom study was conducted to determine the optimum imaging studies, fusion matrices, and treatment planning parameters to target the C2 dorsal root ganglion which forms the occipital nerve...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409074/c2-and-greater-occipital-nerve-the-anatomic-and-functional-implications-in-spinal-surgery
#14
M Burhan Janjua, Peter L Zhou, Jeffrey P Greenfield, Ali A Baaj, Anthony Frempong-Boadu
INTRODUCTION: Posterior C1-C2 fusion is a highly successful treatment for atlantoaxial instability and other pathologies of the cervical spine, with fusion rates approaching 95%-100%. However, poor visualization of the lateral masses of C1 secondary to the course of the C2 nerve root along with blood loss from the venous plexus and compression of the C2 nerve from lateral mass screws are technical obstacles that can arise during surgery. Thus, sacrifice of the C2 nerve root has long since been debated in fusions involving the C1 and C2 vertebral bodies...
March 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331643/hemifacial-pain-and-hemisensory-disturbance-referred-from-occipital-neuralgia-caused-by-pathological-vascular-contact-of-the-greater-occipital-nerve
#15
Byung-Chul Son, Jin-Gyu Choi
Here we report a unique case of chronic occipital neuralgia caused by pathological vascular contact of the left greater occipital nerve. After 12 months of left-sided, unremitting occipital neuralgia, a hypesthesia and facial pain developed in the left hemiface. The decompression of the left greater occipital nerve from pathological contacts with the occipital artery resulted in immediate relief for hemifacial sensory change and facial pain, as well as chronic occipital neuralgia. Although referral of pain from the stimulation of occipital and cervical structures innervated by upper cervical nerves to the frontal head of V1 trigeminal distribution has been reported, the development of hemifacial sensory change associated with referred trigeminal pain from chronic occipital neuralgia is extremely rare...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295246/pourfour-du-petit-syndrome-associated-with-right-eye-pressure
#16
Randolph W Evans, Adam Garibay, Rod Foroozan
Pourfour du Petit (PDP) syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by ipsilateral mydriasis, eyelid retraction, and hemifacial hyperhidrosis caused by hyperactivity of the ipsilateral oculosympathetic pathway. A case is presented of PDP syndrome associated with likely ipsilateral occipital neuralgia. We review the causes and co-morbidities and the clinical features of PDP.
March 13, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284967/etiology-and-treatment-modalities-of-occipital-artery-aneurysms
#17
Nauman S Chaudhry, Brandon G Gaynor, Shahrose Hussain, Paul D Dernbach, Mohammad A Aziz-Sultan
BACKGROUND: Aneurysms of the external carotid artery represent approximately 2% of cervical carotid aneurysms, with the majority being traumatic pseudoaneurysms. Given the paucity of literature available for guidance, the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of such lesions are completely individualized. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report an 83-year-old woman with an 8-week history of headache in the occipital region, transient episode of gait disturbance, and pulsatile tinnitus on the right...
June 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176938/unilateral-occipital-nerve-stimulation-for-bilateral-occipital-neuralgia-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Aijun Liu, Yongcheng Jiao, Huijun Ji, Zhiwen Zhang
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to present a case of successful relief of bilateral occipital neuralgia (ON) using unilateral occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) and to discuss the possible underlying mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present the case of a 59-year-old female patient with severe bilateral ON treated with unilateral ONS. We systematically reviewed previous studies of ONS for ON, discussing the possible mechanisms of ONS in the relief of ON...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133989/other-facial-neuralgias
#19
Francis O'Neill, Turo Nurmikko, Claudia Sommer
Premise In this article we review some lesser known cranial neuralgias that are distinct from trigeminal neuralgia, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, or trigeminal neuropathies. Included are occipital neuralgia, superior laryngeal neuralgia, auriculotemporal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal and nervus intermedius neuralgia, and pain from acute herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia of the trigeminal and intermedius nerves. Problem Facial neuralgias are rare and many physicians do not see such cases in their lifetime, so patients with a suspected diagnosis within this group should be referred to a specialized center where multidisciplinary team diagnosis may be available...
June 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098742/does-transection-of-the-c2-nerve-roots-during-c1-lateral-mass-screw-placement-for-atlantoaxial-fixation-result-in-a-superior-outcome-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-meta-analysis
#20
Jetan H Badhiwala, Farshad Nassiri, Christopher D Witiw, Alireza Mansouri, Saleh A Almenawer, Michael G Fehlings
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and functional outcomes of transection of the C2 roots during C1 lateral mass screw placement for atlantoaxial fixation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Transection of the C2 nerve roots has been recommended during atlantoaxial fixation to facilitate C1 lateral mass screw placement and possibly reduce post-operative occipital neuralgia, although this practice remains controversial...
January 16, 2017: Spine
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