CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Arquivos Brasileiros de Neurocirurgia: Brazilian Neurosurgery 2020; 39(01): 046-048
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1618598
Case Report | Relato de Caso
Thieme Revinter Publicações Ltda Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Neurectomy of C2 for the Treatment of Occipital Neuralgia: Case Report

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1  Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital Vila da Serra, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, MG, Brazil
2  Hospital Aroldo Tourinho, Montes Claros, MG, Brazil
Bruno Lopes Nunes
2  Hospital Aroldo Tourinho, Montes Claros, MG, Brazil
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01 July 2017

04 December 2017

Publication Date:
08 January 2018 (online)



Occipital neuralgia (ON) is an uncommon cause of headache, and it is characterized by a stabbing paroxysmal pain that radiates to the occipital region. The present study includes a review of the literature and a case report. The etiology of this pathology can vary from traumas, infections, compressions of nerves or vertebrae, skull base surgeries, to degenerative changes and congenital anomalies. However, most of the time, the etiology is considered idiopathic. The diagnosis is essentially clinical. However, it is crucial that other types of primary headache are excluded. The treatment for ON may be based on nerve blocks, medications or surgeries. Neurectomy of the second spinal nerve is among the surgical techniques available.