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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 42-45

Ultrasound-guided percutaneous cryoneurolysis of mental nerve: A preferred technique of cryoneurolysis

Daradia Pain Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Smruti Rekha Hota
Flat No. 204, City Pride Apartment, Khetrajpur, Sambalpur - 768 003, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jrap.jrap_1_22

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Mental neuralgia is a chronic debilitating neuropathic pain condition that is persistent, severe, and substantially interferes both with quality of life and recreational and daily activities. Pain is excruciating, often described as an electric shock-like sensation by the patient. We are reporting a case in which ultrasound-guided percutaneous cryoneurolysis is described and demonstrated in a patient with mental neuralgia where multiple other modalities of treatments failed. The current pharmacologic therapy is inadequate and intolerable with side effects such as somnolence and nausea. Cryoneurolysis is an alternative method that utilizes extremely cold temperatures with freezing and then simultaneously defrosting to reversibly ablate peripheral nerves and is potentially a novel method for chronic pain management.

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