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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Fall 1996
Volume 10 , Issue 4

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The Role of Sympathetic Activity in Neuropathic Orofacial Pain

Lynch/Elgeneidy

Pages: 297-305
PMID: 9161234

Seventeen patients with neuropathic orofacial pain are presented with reference to precipitating events, pain descriptions, response to treatment, and other aspects of their histories and clinical presentation. Stellate ganglion blocks were done on 14 patients. Ten of 14 patients reported temporary relief of pain with stellate ganglion blocks. Five of these patients noted more prolonged improvement in pain, two reported no change, and two experienced a temporary increase in pain. It is argued that sympathetically maintained pain involving orofacial locat ons does occur and that stellate ganglion blocks may benefit a subgroup of these patients. It is noted that current diagnostic categories are inadequate to describe a subgroup of these patients. New categories are suggested, and further study is recommended.

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