greater occipital nerve


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great·er oc·cip·i·tal nerve

[TA]
medial branch of the dorsal primary ramus of the second cervical nerve; sends branches to the semispinalis capitis and multifidus cervicis, but is mainly sensory, supplying the back part of the scalp, meningeal branches to the posterior cranial fossa, and pain and proprioceptive branches to the first cervical nerve for the suboccipital muscles.
Synonym(s): nervus occipitalis major [TA]

great·er oc·cip·i·tal nerve

(grā'tĕr ok-sip'i-tăl nĕrv) [TA]
Medial branch of the dorsal primary ramus of the second cervical nerve; sends branches to the semispinalis capitis and multifidus cervicis, but is mainly sensory, supplying the back part of the scalp, meningeal branches to the posterior cranial fossa, and pain and proprioceptive branches to the first cervical nerve for the suboccipital muscles.

greater occipital nerve

A prominent sensory component of the dorsal ramus of spinal nerve C2. It leaves the spinal canal between the first and second vertebrae and runs up the back of the neck to innervate the skin over the occipital bone of the skull.
Synonym: occipital nerve
See also: nerve

great·er oc·cip·i·tal nerve

(grā'tĕr ok-sip'i-tăl nĕrv) [TA]
Medial branch of the dorsal primary ramus of the second cervical nerve; sends branches to the semispinalis capitis and multifidus cervicis but is mainly sensory, supplying back part of scalp, meningeal branches to the posterior cranial fossa, and pain and proprioceptive branches to first cervical nerve for the suboccipital muscles.
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Ultrasound guided greater occipital nerve blocks for post-traumatic occipital neuralgia.
Blocking the greater occipital nerve blocks the stimulation generated from the innervated regions the deep paraspinal muscles of the branch arising from the C2 root of the greater occipital nerve and the suboccipital structures.13 The indication of greater occipital nerve blockage is not explicit or clear but it is administered for cervical headache cluster headache occipital neuralgia and migraine.
The greater occipital nerve is located in the medial of the occipital artery at the superior nuchal level.
Greater occipital nerve blockade for the treatment of chronic migraine: a randomized, multicenter, double-blind, and placebo-controlled study.
(12) Occipital neuralgia is a condition associated with paroxysmal jabbing pain in the distribution of the greater occipital nerves or the third occipital nerve, typically as a result of entrapment of a nerve along it course.

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