Occipital Neuralgia: The Role of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis and Treatment

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Abstract

Occipital neuralgia is defined as a unilateral or bilateral paroxysmal, shooting, or stabbing pain in the posterior part of the scalp, in the distribution of the greater, lesser, or third occipital nerves. It is commonly associated with tenderness over the involved nerve and sometimes accompanied by diminished sensation or dysaesthesia in the affected area. The pain of occipital neuralgia may reach the fronto-orbital area through trigeminocervical interneuronal connections in the trigeminal spinal nucleus.

Keywords

Arthritis Meningioma Neuritis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve HospitalCuyahoga FallsUSA

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