Last updated on August 2018

A Comparison of Dexamethasone and Triamcinolone for Ultrasound-guided Occipital C2 Nerve Blocks


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Headache
  • Age: Between 18 - 75 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients, 18 years of age and under 75 years of age, presenting to the Northwestern Pain Center with occipital headaches who are scheduled to receive a ultrasound-guided occipital nerve block will be eligible for the study.
  • Extracranial tenderness or Tinel's sign over the occipital nerve
  • Poor response to other medical treatments (narcotics, physical therapy)
  • Paroxysmal stabbing pain, with or without persistent aching between paroxysms, in the distribution(s) of the greater, lesser and/or third occipital nerves
  • Visual Analog Scale (VAS) score of at least 4 at recent headache occurrence.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Abnormal cranial anatomy
  • use of anticoagulants
  • local infection
  • refusal of or lack of consent
  • pregnant patients
  • systemic steroid in the last three months, steroid injection of any type in the last three months
  • inability to read
  • untreated/inadequately treated psychiatric disorders
  • cannot comprehend or complete the questionnaires
  • known allergies to local or steroids

Recruitment Status: Open


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