A case report of complex auricular neuralgia treated with the great auricular nerve and facet blocks.

TitreA case report of complex auricular neuralgia treated with the great auricular nerve and facet blocks.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsEghtesadi M, Leroux E, Vargas-Schaffer G
JournalJ Pain Res
Volume10
Pagination435-438
Date Published2017
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The great auricular nerve is a cutaneous branch of the cervical plexus originating from the C2 and C3 spinal nerves. It innervates the skin over the external ear, the angle of the mandible and the parotid gland. It communicates with the ansa cervicalis. Great auricular neuralgia is rarely diagnosed in clinical practice and can be refractory. We present a new approach using ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.CASE: We present a case of a 41-year-old female with paroxysmal ear pain accompanied by dysautonomia, tingling in the tongue, dysphagia, dysarthria and abdominal symptoms. No significant findings were found on cervical and brain imaging. The patient responded partially to a great auricular nerve block. A combined approach using this block with facet block of C2 and C3 induced a more pronounced and prolonged benefit.CONCLUSION: Great auricular neuralgia is not often encountered in practice and can be accompanied by symptoms originating from the ansa cervicalis network. A combined approach of nerve blocks can be considered in refractory cases.

DOI10.2147/JPR.S126923
Alternate JournalJ Pain Res
PubMed ID28255253
PubMed Central IDPMC5322840