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2022 Mar

Radiol Case Rep



Refractory occipital scalp pruritus treated with computed tomography-guided greater occipital nerve ablation.


Rosenthal J, AuYong N, Swerlick R, Weinberg BD
Radiol Case Rep. 2022 Mar; 17(3):623-627.
PMID: 34987693.


Greater occipital nerve blocks and thermal ablations have been widely discussed as an efficacious treatment strategy for multiple difficult to treat conditions, including occipital neuralgia, migraines, and cervicogenic headaches. Nerve blocks have also recently been presented as a method of treating neuropathic itch in the upper extremities, where pruritus occurs without visible dermatologic manifestations. We report a case of refractory occipital scalp pruritus in a patient who had excellent although time-limited response to greater occipital nerve blocks but achieved durable symptom control with CT-guided greater occipital nerve ablation.