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Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Migraine


Occipital nerve stimulation may be effective in treating chronic migraine. Six studies, including three double-blind studies, were performed, with five showing evidence of benefit. However, of the three randomized, controlled trials, none has met a primary endpoint successfully. A separate study suggested a benefit for combined supraorbital and greater occipital nerve stimulation.

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Young, W.B. Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Migraine. Curr Pain Headache Rep 18, 396 (2014).

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  • Chronic migraine
  • Migraine
  • Occipital nerve
  • Occipital nerve stimulation