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Greater Occipital Nerve Neuralgia Caused by Pathological Arterial Contact: Treatment by Surgical Decompression
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2010
© 2010 American Headache Society
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 51, Issue 4, pages 609–612, April 2011
How to Cite
Cornely, C., Fischer, M., Ingianni, G. and Isenmann, S. (2011), Greater Occipital Nerve Neuralgia Caused by Pathological Arterial Contact: Treatment by Surgical Decompression. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 51: 609–612. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2010.01802.x
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2010
- Accepted for publication August 29, 2010.
- neuralgic pain;
- occipital nerve neuralgia;
- pathological nerve–vessel contact;
- surgical decompression
Occipital nerve neuralgia is a rare cause of severe headache, and may be difficult to treat. We report the case of a patient with occipital nerve neuralgia caused by pathological contact of the nerve with the occipital artery. The pain was refractory to medical treatment. Surgical decompression yielded complete remission.