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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1998;34(2):439-443.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1998.34.2.439   
Glossopharyngeal Nerve Block for Idiopathic Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia: A case report.
Byung Hoon Yoo, Ji Young Son, Kee Hyek Hong, Dong Yeup Sin
1Department of Anesthesiology, Sanggye Paik Hospital, College of Medicine, Inje University, Seoul, Korea.
2Sin Dong Yeup Clinic.
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GPN) is a rare condition characterized by paroxysms of lancinating pain in the regions of the tonsil, ear, larynx and tongue. The pain is typically triggered by activities such as swallowing, speaking or coughing. Fifty-seven years old female patient had suffered paroxysms of severe pain in the unilateral region of the glossopharyngeal innervation for several years, and long term drug therapy result in serious pancytopenia probably due to carbamazepine. The patient with idiopathic glossopharyngeal neuralgia received glossopharyngeal nerve block and her symptoms were relieved completely. Glossopharyngeal nerve block with alcohol was done by extraoral approach and satisfactory results were obtained.
Key Words: Pain: glossopharyngeal neuralgia; Anesthetic technique: nerve block; glossopharyngeal


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