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The greater and lesser occipital nerves originate from the dorsal ramus of second cervical spinal nerve (C2) and innervate the posterior portions of the scalp. Occipital nerve blocks are useful for any surgery involving the scalp and are also useful for diagnosing and treating certain headaches. Anesthesia of these nerves is useful in children; however, the nerves are small and often difficult to visualize under ultrasound. Techniques for occipital nerve block are discussed in this chapter.

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Correspondence to Ban C. H. Tsui Dip Eng,BSc,B Pharm,MSc,MD,FRCPC .

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Tsui, B.C.H. (2016). Occipital Nerve Blocks. In: Tsui, B., Suresh, S. (eds) Pediatric Atlas of Ultrasound- and Nerve Stimulation-Guided Regional Anesthesia. Springer, New York, NY.

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