Auriculotemporal Nerve Entrapment

  • Andrea M. Trescot
  • Esther RawnerEmail author


Auriculotemporal nerve (ATN) entrapment commonly causes pain around the ear and jaw and can have overlapping characteristics to migraine headaches. Diagnosis is made by physical examination of the temporal fossa and the temporomandibular joint and by injection of local anesthetic over the nerve. Treatment of ATN entrapment includes medications, nerve injections, cryoneuroablation, chemical neurolysis, neuromodulation, and surgical decompression.


Auriculotemporal nerve Headache Jaw pain Ear pain Tooth pain Occipital pain Migraine Tension headache 

Supplementary material

Video 15.1

Physical exam of the auriculotemporal nerve (MOV 27252 kb)

Video 15.2

Landmark-guided injection of the auriculotemporal nerve (MOV 34915 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pain and Headache CenterAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyNorthwest HospitalSeattleUSA

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