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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527055/cluster-headache-present-and-future-therapy
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Massimo Leone, Alessandro Giustiniani, Alberto Proietti Cecchini
Cluster headache is characterized by severe, unilateral headache attacks of orbital, supraorbital or temporal pain lasting 15-180 min accompanied by ipsilateral lacrimation, rhinorrhea and other cranial autonomic manifestations. Cluster headache attacks need fast-acting abortive agents because the pain peaks very quickly; sumatriptan injection is the gold standard acute treatment. First-line preventative drugs include verapamil and carbolithium. Other drugs demonstrated effective in open trials include topiramate, valproic acid, gabapentin and others...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517492/practical-considerations-of-linear-accelerator-based-frameless-extracranial-radiosurgery-for-treatment-of-occipital-neuralgia-for-nonsurgical-candidates
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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/28511365/morphological-and-morphometric-analysis-of-hypoglossal-canal-in-north-indian-dry-skulls-and-it-s-significance-in-cranial-base-surgeries
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Shalini Kumar, Ranjana Verma, Arpita Mahajan Rai, Raj D Mehra
INTRODUCTION: Hypoglossal Canal (HC) is a paired bony passage which is situated above the Occipital Condyle (OC) and transmits hypoglossal nerve and blood vessels. Studies on the osteotic variations of HC has been a field of considerable interest to research workers especially because of its clinical, radiological and surgical significance. AIM: The aim of the present study was to analyze the morphological and morphometric features of HC and its topographical relationship with OC...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498375/neuro-ophthalmologic-manifestations-of-cholangiocarcinoma-a-case-series
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G Rico, S V Smith, Y Siddiqui, A Whyte, D Gombos, A G Lee
PurposeTo describe the neuro-ophthalmologic findings of cholangiocarcinoma.MethodsWe report a retrospective chart review of cholangiocarcinoma patients presenting at two tertiary care centers in the Texas Medical Center.ResultsFive patients with neuro-ophthalmologic symptoms related to cholangiocarcinoma were identified. One patient presented with diplopia due to metastasis to the left medial rectus muscle, two patients had metastasis to the occipital lobe resulting in homonymous hemianopsia, one patient had involvement of the clivus resulting in sixth nerve palsy, and one presented with a hypercoagulable state-related stroke causing a homonymous hemianopsia and visual hallucinations...
May 12, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467567/-the-results-of-greater-occipital-nerve-block-applied-for-migraine-headache
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Serdar Çatav, Filiz Alkaya Solmaz, Pakize Kırdemir
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of greater occipital nerve (GON) block in the treatment of migraine patients. METHODS: This study included 28 patients diagnosed with migraine between 2014 and 2015. The GON block procedure was applied by administering 1.5 ml of 2% lidocaine 2 cm lateral and 2 cm inferior to the external occipital protuberance. The patients were evaluated in respect of VAS scores, attack frequency, attack duration and the need for analgesia before the procedure...
January 2017: Aǧrı: Ağrı (Algoloji) Derneği'nin Yayın Organıdır, the Journal of the Turkish Society of Algology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466552/greater-occipital-nerve-treatment-in-the-management-of-spontaneous-intracranial-hypotension-headache-a-case-report
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G Niraj, Peter Critchley, Mahesh Kodivalasa, Mohammed Dorgham
BACKGROUND: Clinical presentation of spontaneous intracranial hypotension headache (SIHH) has similarities with postdural puncture headache (PDPH). Recommended treatment for both conditions is an epidural blood patch. Successful outcomes following greater occipital nerve blocks have been reported in the management of PDPH. We present the first report of greater occipital nerve treatment in SIHH. METHODS: A 40-year-old male presented with a 2-year history of daily postural headaches having a significant impact on quality of life...
May 2, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428093/migraine-prevention-using-different-frequencies-of-transcutaneous-occipital-nerve-stimulation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yinglu Liu, Zhao Dong, Rongfei Wang, Ran Ao, Xun Han, Wenjing Tang, Shengyuan Yu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of transcutaneous occipital nerve stimulation (tONS) in patients with migraine, and to explore whether different tONS frequencies influenced treatment effectiveness. METHODS: This was a randomized, controlled trial of tONS for prevention of migraine. Patients were randomized to one of five therapeutic groups prior to treatment for 1 month. Groups A-C received tONS at different frequencies (2 Hz, 100 Hz, and 2/100 Hz), group D underwent sham tONS intervention, and group E received topiramate orally...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424953/treatment-update-of-chronic-migraine
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Soo-Jin Cho, Tae-Jin Song, Min Kyung Chu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although chronic migraine (CM) is a common disorder that severely impacts patient functioning and quality of life, it is usually underdiagnosed, and treatment responses often remain poor even after diagnosis. In addition, effective treatment options are limited due to the rarity of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving patients with CM. In the present review, we discuss updated pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and neurostimulation treatment options for CM...
June 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413721/aspects-of-gorgonopsian-paleobiology-and-evolution-insights-from-the-basicranium-occiput-osseous-labyrinth-vasculature-and-neuroanatomy
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Ricardo Araújo, Vincent Fernandez, Michael J Polcyn, Jörg Fröbisch, Rui M S Martins
Synapsida, the clade including therapsids and thus also mammals, is one of the two major branches of amniotes. Organismal design, with modularity as a concept, offers insights into the evolution of therapsids, a group that experienced profound anatomical transformations throughout the past 270 Ma, eventually leading to the evolution of the mammalian bauplan. However, the anatomy of some therapsid groups remains obscure. Gorgonopsian braincase anatomy is poorly known and many anatomical aspects of the brain, cranial nerves, vasculature, and osseous labyrinth, remain unclear...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409074/c2-and-greater-occipital-nerve-the-anatomic-and-functional-implications-in-spinal-surgery
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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/28403437/postretinal-structure-and-function-in-severe-congenital-photoreceptor-blindness-caused-by-mutations-in-the-gucy2d-gene
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Geoffrey K Aguirre, Omar H Butt, Ritobrato Datta, Alejandro J Roman, Alexander Sumaroka, Sharon B Schwartz, Artur V Cideciyan, Samuel G Jacobson
Purpose: To examine how severe congenital blindness resulting from mutations of the GUCY2D gene alters brain structure and function, and to relate these findings to the notable preservation of retinal architecture in this form of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Methods: Six GUCY2D-LCA patients (ages 20-46) were studied with optical coherence tomography of the retina and multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. Measurements from this group were compared to those obtained from populations of normally sighted controls and people with congenital blindness of a variety of causes...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402559/occipital-nerve-stimulation-attenuates-neuronal-firing-response-to-mechanical-stimuli-in-the-ventral-posteromedial-thalamus-of-a-rodent-model-of-chronic-migraine
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Ian Walling, Heather Smith, Lucy E Gee, Brian Kaszuba, Arun Chockalingam, Andrei Barborica, Cristian Donos, Damian S Shin, Julie G Pilitsis
BACKGROUND: Chronic migraine (CM) is a highly debilitating disease, and many patients remain refractory to medicinal therapy. Given the convergent nature of neuronal networks in the ventral posteromedial nucleus (VPM) and the evidence of sensitization of pain circuitry in this disease, we hypothesize CM rats will have increased VPM neuronal firing, which can be attenuated using occipital nerve stimulation (ONS). OBJECTIVE: To determine whether VPM firing frequency differs between CM and sham rats, and whether ONS significantly alters firing rates during the application of mechanical stimuli...
April 10, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367282/intraoperative-monitoring-of-flash-visual-evoked-potential-under-general-anesthesia
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Hironobu Hayashi, Masahiko Kawaguchi
In neurosurgical procedures that may cause visual impairment in the intraoperative period, the monitoring of flash visual evoked potential (VEP) is clinically used to evaluate visual function. Patients are unconscious during surgery under general anesthesia, making flash VEP monitoring useful as it can objectively evaluate visual function. The flash stimulus input to the retina is transmitted to the optic nerve, optic chiasm, optic tract, lateral geniculate body, optic radiation (geniculocalcarine tract), and visual cortical area, and the VEP waveform is recorded from the occipital region...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
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
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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/28321566/differential-effects-of-bifrontal-and-occipital-nerve-stimulation-on-pain-and-fatigue-using-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-fibromyalgia-patients
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Wing Ting To, Evan James, Jan Ost, John Hart, Dirk De Ridder, Sven Vanneste
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain frequently accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue. Moderate improvement from pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments have proposed non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to the occipital nerve (more specifically the C2 area) or to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) as potential treatments. We aimed to explore the effectiveness of repeated sessions of tDCS (eight sessions) targeting the C2 area and DLPFC in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms, more specifically pain and fatigue...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295242/an-update-on-non-pharmacological-neuromodulation-for-the-acute-and-preventive-treatment-of-migraine
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REVIEW
Francesca Puledda, Peter J Goadsby
OBJECTIVE: To review current neuromodulation treatments available for migraine therapy, both in the acute and preventive setting. METHODS: The published literature was reviewed for studies reporting the effects of different neuromodulation strategies in migraine with and without aura. The use of non-invasive: single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation, non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation, supraorbital nerve stimulation, and transcranial direct current stimulation, as well as invasive methods such as occipital nerve stimulation and sphenopalatine ganglion stimulation, are assessed...
April 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...
March 8, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280911/-physiology-of-the-scalp
#18
REVIEW
R Rukwied
BACKGROUND: Human scalp reveals a remarkable difference to hairy skin of other body regions. The structure of the scalp offers effective protection against water loss and contributes to thermoregulation due to significant vascularization. The scalp is innervated by the trigeminus nerve. OBJECTIVES: The majority of the population complain about "sensitive" scalp. However, sensory, regional, ethnic or pathologic parameters contributing to "sensitive" scalp are largely unknown...
March 9, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274277/the-efficacy-of-resection-of-an-intradural-extramedullary-foramen-magnum-cavernous-malformation-presenting-with-repeated-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-case-report
#19
Tomoya Oishi, Naoto Sakai, Tetsuro Sameshima, Hiroshi Kawaji, Hiroki Namba
BACKGROUND: Intradural extramedullary cavernous angiomas of the central nervous system are a rare type of cavernous angioma, but they can cause fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage. The efficacy of resection for this type of cavernous malformations remains uncertain. This is the first report to recommend surgical resection of these types of lesions regardless of the fatal condition. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was a 70-year-old Japanese man who experienced a sudden onset of an occipital headache, followed by bilateral abducens nerve palsy...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271335/central-and-peripheral-neural-targets-for-neurostimulation-of-chronic-headaches
#20
REVIEW
Massimo Leone, Alberto Proietti Cecchini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic headache sufferers are estimated to be around 3% of the population. These patients have a high disease burden. When prophylactic treatments have low efficacy and tolerability, patients are in need of alternative therapeutic strategies and options. RECENT FINDINGS: In the last decade, a number of neuromodulation procedures have been introduced as treatment of chronic intractable headache patients when pharmacological treatments fail or are not well tolerated...
March 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
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