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2019 Apr

Neurosurg Clin N Am



Occipital Nerve Stimulation.


Slavin KV, Isagulyan ED, Gomez C, Yin D
Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2019 Apr; 30(2):211-217.
PMID: 30898272.


Although the first publications on clinical use of peripheral nerve stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain came out in the mid-1960s, it took 10 years before this approach was used to stimulate the occipital nerves. The future for occipital nerve stimulation is likely to bring new indications, devices, stimulation paradigms, and a decrease in invasiveness. As experience increases, one may expect that occipital nerve stimulation will eventually gain regulatory approval for more indications, most likely for occipital neuralgia, migraines and cluster headaches. This process may require additional studies, at least for approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.