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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 213--218

Occipital Neuralgia and Its Management: An Overview


1 Center for TMD and Orofacial Pain, Newark, NJ, USA
2 Department of Restorative Dentistry and Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Center for TMD and Orofacial Pain, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, NJ, USA
3 Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Center for TMD and Orofacial Pain, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, NJ, USA
4 Department of Diagnostic Sciences Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, NJ, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Davis C Thomas
Center for TMD and Orofacial Pain, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, 110, Bergen Street, Newark, NJ
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.315978

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Background: Greater and lesser occipital neuralgias are primary neuralgias that are relatively uncommon, where the pain is felt in the distribution of these nerves. Objective: This review paper was intended to describe the features and management of occipital neuralgia in the context of a challenging case. Material and Methods: We looked at succinct literature from the past 30 years. We compared the features of our challenging case given in the current literature. In addition, an overview of the current literature is provided. Results: The case, although proved to be a diagnostic challenge, we were able to reach a conclusion and render the patient almost complete pain relief by conservative management modalities. It proved to be a rare presentation of occipital neuralgia with unusual pain distribution, and we are able to describe a literature-based explanation for this entity to be a diagnostic and management challenge. Conclusion: Primary headaches, i'n general, are a group of headache disorders that require exquisite diagnostic skills. The clinical history is a key factor when making an accurate diagnosis, and to establish an appropriate management plan.






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