Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Acute Treatment of Intractable Migraine With Sphenopalatine Ganglion Electrical Stimulation.

Tepper SJ, Rezai A, Narouze S, Steiner C, Mohajer P, Ansarinia M.
Headache. 2009 May 26.

Background.- We report preliminary results of a novel acute treatment for intractable migraine. The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) has sensorimotor and autonomic components and is involved in migraine pathophysiology. Methods.- In 11 patients with medically refractory migraine, the sphenopalatine fossa was accessed with a 20-gauge needle using the standard infrazygomatic transcoronoid approach under fluoroscopy. Patients underwent temporary unilateral electric stimulation of the SPG with a Medtronic 3057 test stimulation lead after induction of full-blown migraine. Both sham and active stimulations with different settings were carried out for
PMID: 19486173

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