Electronic ISSN 2287-0237

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CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

SEPTEMBER 2017 - VOL.13 | REVIEWS ARTICLE

Cervicogenic headache is characterized by chronic unilateral headache that is radiated from the upper cervical spine. The trigeminocervical nucleus is a region of the upper cervical spinal cord where sensory nerve fibers in the descending tract of the trigeminal nerve (trigeminal nucleus caudalis) are believed to interact with sensory fibers from the upper cervical roots. This functional convergence of upper cervical and trigeminal sensory pathways allows the bidirectional referral of painful sensations between the neck and trigeminal sensory receptive fields of the face and head.

Keywords:

cervicogenic headache, cervical facet joint, medial branches, greater occipital nerve, lesser occipital nerve, radiofrequency neurotomy

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