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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache



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J Orofac Pain 28 (2014), No. 2     9. May 2014
J Orofac Pain 28 (2014), No. 2  (09.05.2014)

Page 171-175

Bilateral Stellate Ganglion Blockade for Recalcitrant Oral Pain from Burning Mouth Syndrome: A Case Report
Walega, David R. / Smith, Clark / Epstein, Joel B.
Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a chronic painful disorder characterized by unremitting bilateral burning oral pain often associated with taste abnormalities and complaints of dry mouth. The diagnosis is made by history and symptom presentation in the absence of an identifiable cause or oral lesion. It is commonly seen in perimenopausal women but is also seen in men, and is considered a smallfiber neuropathy. Management can be challenging and few effective treatments are available. This article presents a case report of stellate ganglion blockade as a treatment for recalcitrant pain from BMS.

Keywords: burning mouth syndrome, neuropathic pain stellate ganglion injection, small-fiber neuropathy, trigeminal nerve