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Occipital nerve

Sorcha M Allen, Farouk Mookadam, Stephen S Cha, John A Freeman, Amaal J Starling, Martina Mookadam
INTRODUCTION: Greater occipital nerve (GON) blocks are frequently used to treat migraine headaches, although a paucity of supporting clinical evidence exists. The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of GON block in acute treatment of migraine headache, with a focus on pain relief. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was undertaken between January 2009 and August 2014 and included patients who underwent at least 1 GON block and attended at least 1 follow-up appointment...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Marjorie A Bowman, Anne Victoria Neale, Dean A Seehusen
This issue includes several excellent observational studies prompted by physicians' clinical questions. Many people use lots of menthol cough drops-does the menthol overall lengthen the cough duration? When should we intensify treatment of older individuals with diabetes? Do occipital nerve blocks work for acute migraine headaches? Did you know that the plantar fascia can rupture? What happens to those patients with chest pain but low pretest probability for serious cardiac disease who are admitted to the hospital? Acupuncture can work well-for the patients-but how can we incorporate it into the usual pace of the family medicine office? Is it a win-lose situation when medical assistant roles are expanded? How many practice sites do physicians have and does that make a difference in the number or type of health personnel shortage areas? What would you guess on the presence of humor in the medical office-more or less than half of the visits; introduced by doctors or patients; primary care or specialty doctors?...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Diana Y Wei, Rigmor H Jensen
Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC) encompasses 4 unique primary headache types: cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania, hemicrania continua, and short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing and short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with cranial autonomic symptoms. They are grouped on the basis of their shared clinical features of unilateral headache of varying durations and ipsilateral cranial autonomic symptoms. The shared clinical features reflect the underlying activation of the trigeminal-autonomic reflex...
March 7, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Uwe Walter, Ales Dudesek, Urban M Fietzek
The obliquus capitis inferior (OCI) muscle may be crucially involved in generating the tremulous component of spasmodic torticollis. This study was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of a simplified ultrasonography-guided approach of botulinum neurotoxin injection into the OCI in the management of spasmodic torticollis. Here, a novel off-plane technique of ultrasonography-guided botulinum neurotoxin injection into the OCI is demonstrated on video. We investigated its effect in five patients with tremulous torticollis with only partial response to conventional injection technique not injecting OCI...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
S Garcia-Madrona, I Corral-Corral
INTRODUCTION: Occipital condyle syndrome consists of the presence of unilateral occipital headache exacerbated by moving the head and is accompanied by paralysis of the ipsilateral hypoglossal nerve. One of its causes is infiltration of the base of the skull by bone metastases, especially those affecting the hypoglossal nerve due to infiltration as it passes through the osseous canal. CASE REPORTS: We report two clinical cases of occipital condyle syndrome secondary to metastatic hepatocarcinoma...
March 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Giulio Illuminati, Marco Cannistrà, Giulia Pizzardi, Rocco Pasqua, Francesca Frezzotti, Francesco G Calio'
INTRODUCTION: True aneurysms of the proximal occipital artery are rare, may cause neurological symptoms due to compression of the hypoglossal nerve and their resection may be technically demanding. PRESENTATION OF CASE: The case of an aneurysm of the proximal occipital artery causing discomfort and tongue deviation by compression on the hypoglossal nerve is reported. Postoperative course after resection was followed by complete regression of symptoms. CONCLUSION: Surgical resection, as standard treatment of aneurysms of the occipital artery, with the eventual technical adjunct of intubation by the nose is effective in durably relieving symptoms and preventing aneurysm-related complication...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Hehui Zhang, Xiaokai Yang, Yijun Lin, Linglong Chen, Hua Ye
Greater occipital nerve (GON) block has some potential in treating migraine. We conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the impact of GON block on pain management of migraine. We have systematically searched randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing the efficacy of GON block versus placebo for migraine in various databases including PubMed, EMbase, Web of science, EBSCO, and Cochrane library databases. The primary outcome is pain intensity. Meta-analysis is performed using the random-effect model...
February 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Makoto Katsuno, Akira Matsuno
Background: Although vertebral artery (VA) dissecting aneurysms are treated by direct or endovascular surgery, some disadvantages are associated with each surgery. Therefore, the type of surgery should be selected based on the condition of the aneurysm. We performed aneurysm trapping by endovascular surgery via the contralateral VA after proximal direct ligation with bypass to prevent complications as well as achieve complete treatment. Case Description: We attempted to insert a distal clip to achieve complete trapping of the ruptured VA dissecting aneurysm after proximal ligation with occipital artery-posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) anastomosis; however, the operative field was limited by the existence of lower cranial nerves, brain swelling, and tortuosity of VA...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Kavin Vanikieti, Anuchit Poonyathalang, Panitha Jindahra, Piyaphon Cheecharoen, Wimonwan Chokthaweesak
BACKGROUND: Cavernous carotid aneurysm (CCA) represents 2-9% of all intracranial aneurysms and 15% of internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysms; additionally, giant aneurysms are those aneurysms that are > 25 mm in size. Bilateral CCAs account for 11-29% of patients and are commonly associated with structural weaknesses in the ICA wall, secondary to systemic hypertension. CCAs are considered benign lesions, given the low risk for developing major neurologic morbidities (i.e., subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral infarction, or carotid cavernous fistula)...
February 2, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
Giacomo Tondo, Fabiola De Marchi, Daniela Mittino, Roberto Cantello
Occipital neuralgia (ON) is characterized by severe pain in the occipital region due to an irritation of the occipital nerves. Traumatic injuries, mass or vascular compression, and infective and inflammatory processes could cause ON. The dislocation of a nerve/muscle/tendon, as can happen in malformations such as the Chiari I malformation (CIM), also can be responsible. Usually, headaches associated with CIM and ON are distinguishable based on specific features of pain. However, the diagnosis is not easy in some cases, especially if a clear medical history cannot be accurately collected...
November 29, 2017: Curēus
Samer S Ghostine, Paul E Kaloostian, Christ Ordookhanian, Sean Kaloostian, Parham Zarrini, Terrence Kim, Stephen Scibelli, Scott J Clark-Schoeb, Srinath Samudrala, Carl Lauryssen, Amandip S Gill, Patrick J Johnson
The surgical repair of atlantoaxial instabilities (AAI) presents complex and unique challenges, originating from abnormalities and/or trauma within the junction regions of the C1-C2 atlas-axis, to surgeons. When this region is destabilized, surgical fusion becomes of key importance in order to prevent spinal cord injury. Several techniques can be utilized to provide for the adequate fusion of the atlantoaxial construct. Nevertheless, many individuals have less than ideal rates of fusion, below 35%-40%, which also involves the C2 nerve root being sacrificed...
November 29, 2017: Curēus
Kadir Serkan Orhan, Jaydip Ray, Beldan Polat, Simon Carr, Necati Enver, Javier Moraleja Deleito, Larissa Greenwood, Yahya Güldiken
The authors describe the use of superiorly curved scalp Incision for Implantation of Magnetic Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Devices They describe a new technical aspect to minimise numbness issues in a series of 60 patients from two tertiary referral centres. An inferiorly-based flap design will help to preserve branches of the great auricular and lesser occipital nerves, which normally sacrificed with the original technique. Superiorly curved scalp Incision will be suitable for subsequent retroauricular incision that is used in auricular reconstruction in microtia patients...
January 27, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
Gang Song, Xu Wang, Ge Chen, Hong Chuan Guo, Ming Chu Li, Jian Tao Liang, Yu Hai Bao
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively analyze the clinical data of 6 foramen magnum neurenteric cyst patients and summarizethe clinical characteristics and treatment experience for this rare disease in our single center. METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2015, 6 foramen magnum neurenteric cyst patients were surgically treated in Xuan Wu Hospital of Capital Medical University. We summarized the treatment experience through retrospective review of the clinical informations, imaging features, surgical details and follow up outcomes of all those 6 patients...
January 25, 2018: World Neurosurgery
James T Buchanan
The spinal cord has been well established as the site of generation of the locomotor rhythm in vertebrates, but studies have suggested that the caudal hindbrain in larval fish and amphibians can also generate locomotor rhythms. Here, we investigated whether the caudal hindbrain of the adult lamprey (Petromyzon marinus and Ichthyomyzon unicuspis) has the ability to generate the swimming rhythm. The hindbrain-spinal cord transition zone of the lamprey contains a bilateral column of somatic motoneurons that project via the spino-occipital (S-O) nerves to several muscles of the head...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Maria Francisca Elgueta, Johanna Ortiz Jimenez, Nina Nan Wang, Almudena Pérez Lara, Jeffrey Chankowsky, Roshanak Charghi, De Q Tran, Roderick J Finlayson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Accidental breach of the vertebral artery (VA) during the performance of cervical pain blocks can result in significant morbidity. Whereas anatomical variations have been described for the foraminal (V2) segment of the VA, those involving its V3 portion (between the C2 transverse process and dura) have not been investigated and may be of importance for procedures targeting the third occipital nerve or the lateral atlantoaxial joint. METHODS: Five hundred computed tomography angiograms of the neck performed in patients older than 50 years for the management of cerebrovascular accident or cervical trauma (between January 2010 and May 2016) were retrospectively and independently reviewed by 2 neuroradiologists...
January 16, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Joseph Doran, Max Ward, Brittany Ward, Boris Paskhover, Michael Umanoff, Antonios Mammis
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study are to utilize the MAUDE data base to enhance our understanding of the complication profile for Occipital Nerve Stimulation, a therapy for which the current level of evidence is limited. Additionally, it is our objective to describe a systematic approach to processing the MAUDE data, which addresses its flaws and enhances its utility. METHODS: From the FDA website, we accessed adverse events reports from the MAUDE data base for devices used in Occipital Nerve Stimulation between June 30, 2007 and June 30, 2017...
January 18, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Hong-San Kim, Kang-Jae Shin, Jehoon O, Hyun-Jin Kwon, Minho Lee, Hun-Mu Yang
This study aimed to provide topographic information of the greater occipital (GON) and third occipital (3ON) nerves, with the three-dimensional locations of their emerging points on the back muscles (60 sides, 30 cadavers) and their spatial relationship with muscle layers, using a 3D digitizer (Microscribe G2X, Immersion Corp, San Jose CA, USA). With reference to the external occipital protuberance (EOP), GON pierced the trapezius at a point 22.6 ± 7.4 mm lateral and 16.3 ± 5.9 mm inferior and the semispinalis capitis (SSC) at a point 13...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Francesca Puledda, Peter J Goadsby, Prab Prabhakar
BACKGROUND: Pediatric headache disorders can be extremely disabling, with marked reduction in the quality of life of children and their carers. Evidenced-based options for the treatment of primary headache disorders with preventive medication is limited and clinical outcomes are often unsatisfactory. Greater occipital nerve injections represent a rapid and well-tolerated therapeutic option, which is widely used in clinical practice in adults, and has previously shown a good outcome in a pediatric population...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
Adrian Kastler, Arnaud Attyé, Caroline Maindet, Benjamin Nicot, Emmanuel Gay, Bruno Kastler, Alexandre Krainik
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
Samer N Narouze, Dmitri Souza
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
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