What is the role of mucosal contact points in the etiology of facial pain and headache?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020
  • Author: Tejas Raval, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Mucosal contact points within the nasal cavity have also been implicated as a cause for rhinogenic facial pain. Typically, the resolution of symptoms after the placement of a vasoconstrictive agent at a contact point was diagnostic of contact point pain. Controversy exists regarding this etiology for facial pain. In some studies, the prevalence of contact points has been shown to be equal between symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. [17] Conversely, other studies have shown improvements in the pain scores of patients who underwent surgery for a diagnosis of mucosal contact point headache. [18]


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