Occipital Neuralgia

Lawrence C. Newman and Morris Levin

in Headache and Facial Pain

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Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195373875
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322800 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now

Occipital Neuralgia

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Occipital neuralgia (ON) presents with lancinating (often mixed with more aching) occipital pain, which can be very disabling. There are a number of conditions which present, like ON, with posterior pain; but tenderness of the greater occipital nerve and response to greater occipital nerve anesthetic blockade are essentially pathognomonic.

Chapter.  1300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology ; Pain Medicine

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