Stereotactic radiosurgical treatment of sphenopalatine neuralgia. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1997 Sep;87(3):450-3. doi: 10.3171/jns.1997.87.3.0450.


Sphenopalatine neuralgia is a rare craniofacial pain syndrome that is characterized by unilateral pain in the orbit, mouth, nose, and posterior mastoid process. During attacks of pain, vasomotor activity often results in ipsilateral nasal drainage, eye irritation, and lacrimation. The authors present a patient with a 15-year history of sphenopalatine neuralgia who underwent stereotactic radiosurgery targeted at the sphenopalatine ganglion, with initial pain relief, and repeated radiosurgery 17 months later for partial pain recurrence. Two years following radiosurgery, the patient is pain free, no longer suffering from nasal discharge and eye irritation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Facial Neuralgia / surgery*
  • Female
  • Ganglia, Parasympathetic / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Palate / innervation*
  • Radiosurgery*
  • Reoperation
  • Sphenoid Sinus / innervation*