Glossopharyngeal neuralgia associated with cardiac syncope

Jorge Elias, Ricardo Kuniyoshi, Wilson Valadão Hermes Carloni, Mauricio Rocha Borges, Carlos Alberto Peixoto, Derval Pimentel
Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia 2002, 78 (5): 510-9
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is an uncommon condition that has rarely been described in association with syncope. We report here 2 cases of glossopharyngeal neuralgia in elderly patients. Both were male and underwent temporary pacemaker insertion to prevent syncopal episodes. We discuss the clinical and surgical treatment of glossopharyngeal neuralgia, the role of cardiac stimulation, and the possible physiopathological mechanism of the associated cardiac disturbances.

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