Neurological Sciences

, Volume 31, Supplement 1, pp 197–199 | Cite as

Sphenopalatine endoscopic ganglion block in cluster headache: a reevaluation of the procedure after 5 years

  • Carlotta Pipolo
  • Gennaro Bussone
  • Massimo Leone
  • Paolo Lozza
  • Giovanni FelisatiEmail author
Oral Communication


Cluster headache (CH) is considered the most painful form of primary headaches. It is characterized by severe unilateral pain, typically associated with autonomic manifestations and may be divided into an episodic and a chronic form. The latter is often resistant to a multitude of medication and is, therefore, very hard to treat. In 2002, our group developed a technique for the endoscopic sphenopalatine ganglion block that was able to ameliorate the symptoms in 55% of drug-resistant chronic CH patients. This paper is intended as an update on the technique as well as a comparison in effectiveness to our prior approach.


Sphenopalatine ganglion block Cluster headache Endoscopy 


Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest related to the publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlotta Pipolo
    • 1
  • Gennaro Bussone
    • 2
  • Massimo Leone
    • 2
  • Paolo Lozza
    • 1
  • Giovanni Felisati
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Unit of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck DepartmentSan Paolo Hospital, University of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Neuromodulation Unit, Headache Centre, Neurological DepartmentFondazione Istituto Neurologico Carlo BestaMilanItaly

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