Clinical efficacy of radiofrequency cervical zygapophyseal neurotomy in patients with chronic cervicogenic headache

Bo Lee Jang, Yul Park Jung, Juno Park, Jun Lim Dong, Dae Kim Sang, Seob Chung Heung

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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to assess the clinical efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) cervical zygapophyseal joint neurotomy in patients with cervicogenic headache. A total of thirty consecutive patients suffering from chronic cervicogenic headaches for longer than 6 months and showing a pain relief by greater than 50% from diagnostic/prognostic blocks were included in the study. These patients were treated with RF neurotomy of the cervical zygapophyseal joints and were subsequently assessed at 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, and at 12 months following the treatment. The results of this study showed that RF neurotomy of the cervical zygapophyseal joints significantly reduced the headache severity in 22 patients (73.3%) at 12 months after the treatment. In conclusion, RF cervical zygapophyseal joint neurotomy has shown to provide substantial pain relief in patients with chronic cervicogenic headache when carefully selected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-329
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr

Keywords

  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Zygapophyseal joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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