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2020 May 08

J Neurosurg Pediatr

Geniculate neuralgia in an adolescent treated via sectioning of the nervus intermedius and microvascular decompression.


Geniculate neuralgia or nervus intermedius (NI) neuralgia is a rare condition characterized by intermittent, severe, stabbing deep ear pain. The pain can be triggered by stimulation of the external ear and is sometimes accompanied by facial pain. The condition is thought to result, in part, from vascular compression of the NI, although other etiologies exist. To date, fewer than 150 cases have been described in the English-language literature, and only 1 case of surgically treated geniculate neuralgia with microvascular decompression (MVD) of cranial nerves VIII, IX, and X has been described in a pediatric patient. Here, the authors present the case of an adolescent boy with bilateral geniculate neuralgia treated at two different time points with sectioning of the NI and MVD.