Continuous Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block Using an Indwelling Catheter and Inferior Maxillary Artery Embolization for the Management of Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia


A 40-years-old female patient with severe right facial pain with a throbbing component along the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve resistant to medical management. Continuous inferior alveolar nerve block with local anesthetics using an indwelling catheter provided a complete pain resolution for the patient for 2 weeks, after which the catheter got infected and was removed. A trial of balloon occlusion of the right internal maxillary artery provided complete resolution of the throbbing component of the patient’s pain. This was followed by permanent embolization with multiple coils.

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S. Abdel-Aziz and A. Ghaleb, "Continuous Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block Using an Indwelling Catheter and Inferior Maxillary Artery Embolization for the Management of Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia," Open Journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 3 No. 9, 2013, pp. 375-378. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2013.39079.

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