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2020 Oct 15




Concurrent Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia and Hemi-Laryngopharyngeal Spasm (HeLPS): A Case Report and a Review of the Literature.


Honey MC, Krüger MT, Rheaume AR, Avecillas-Chasin JM, Morrison MD, Honey CR
Neurosurgery. 2020 Oct 15; 87(5):E573-E577.
PMID: 31832655.


Hemi-laryngopharyngeal spasm (HeLPS) has been recently described but is not yet widely recognized. Patients describe intermittent coughing and choking and can be cured following microvascular decompression of their Xth cranial nerve. This case report and literature review highlight that HeLPS can co-occur with glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GN) and has been previously described (but not recognized) in the neurosurgical literature.