Painless glossopharyngeal "neuralgia" with syncope: a case report and literature review

K Reddy, D E Hobson, A Gomori, G R Sutherland
Neurosurgery 1987, 21 (6): 916-9
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is an uncommon craniofacial pain syndrome. An association with syncope is even less common. We report a case illustrating that the glossopharyngeal neuralgia-syncope syndrome can occur without pain in the sensory distribution of the glossopharyngeal nerve and that it can have similar consequences. We suggest that permanent cardiac pacing alone may be a viable option in the initial management of such cases.

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