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  Successful Treatment of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation in Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2021; 27(3): 315-317 | DOI: 10.4274/tnd.2021.34356  

Successful Treatment of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation in Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia

Esra Ertilav1, Osman Nuri Aydın2, Ali Akyol1
1Aydin Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Division of Algology, Aydin, Turkey
2Aydin Adnan Menderes University, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Algology, Aydin, Turkey

Sphenopalatine neuralgia (SPN) is a clinical condition characterized by unilateral periorbital, trigeminal-maxillary pain, and ipsilateral autonomic symptoms caused by peripheral irritation of the SP ganglion. SPN was a previous term for trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TACs), especially for cluster headache, with its pain characteristics and autonomic findings. Etiology, pain duration, and treatment response provide distinctive features. Its clinical recognition is difficult; however, distinguishing it from other headache syndromes is important to prevent inappropriate treatment approaches. This case report aimed to raise awareness of the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and management of TACs by presenting successful treatment results with thermal coagulation directed to the SP ganglion.

Keywords: Sphenopalatine ganglion, cluster headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia


Esra Ertilav, Osman Nuri Aydın, Ali Akyol. Successful Treatment of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation in Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia. Turk J Neurol. 2021; 27(3): 315-317

Corresponding Author: Esra Ertilav, Türkiye


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