What is the role of glossopharyngeal nerve blocks in pain management?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Glossopharyngeal nerve block is also performed for diagnosis and management of neuralgia. The glossopharyngeal nerve exits the jugular foramen at the base of the skull in close association with structures of the cheek, including the parotid gland and vagus nerve. It then descends into the neck between the internal and external carotid arteries. See the image below.

Peristyloid anatomy (cross-sectional view). Peristyloid anatomy (cross-sectional view).

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