Preoperative greater occipital nerve block in total thyroidectomy patients can reduce postoperative occipital headache and posterior neck pain.

@article{Han2006PreoperativeGO,
  title={Preoperative greater occipital nerve block in total thyroidectomy patients can reduce postoperative occipital headache and posterior neck pain.},
  author={Dong Woo Han and Bon Nyeo Koo and Woung Youn Chung and Cheong Soo Park and So Yeon Kim and Pamela Pierce Palmer and Ki Jun Kim},
  journal={Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association},
  year={2006},
  volume={16 6},
  pages={599-603}
}
Patients undergoing thyroidectomy with neck fully extended usually experience occipital headache and posterior neck pain. We have attempted to evaluate the effect of preoperative greater occipital nerve (GON) block on occipital headache and posterior neck pain after thyroidectomy. Eighty-two patients undergoing elective total thyroidectomy were randomly allocated to two groups. In block group, bilateral GON blocks with 0.25% bupivacaine were performed. The control group did not have any prior… CONTINUE READING

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