Immediate Relief for Childhood Migraine
Research shows that interventional radiology treatment for migraine—sometimes used to treat migraine headache pain in adults—may also be effective in children with migraines. Migraines in children can severely impact quality of life, as well as brain development during the school years, interfering with learning—due to missed school days—performance in school, and well-being.
According to a new study, this treatment—called sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) blockade—is safe for children and teens and offers immediate, long-lasting migraine relief. The treatment involves administering anesthetic through a small, flexible catheter inserted into each nostril to a small cluster of nerves at the back of the nose that are believed to be linked to migraine attacks. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 10 minutes.
Between November and February 2015, researchers performed sphenopalatine ganglion blockade on 200 children and teens between the ages of seven and 18 diagnosed with severe migraine for whom first line therapies were ineffective. After treatment, the study participants’ self-reported pain levels dropped an average of more than two points overall.
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