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  • CNS Updated Guideline: Treatment of Patients with Medically Refractory Occipital Neuralgia

    • Aug 03, 2023

    Schaumburg, Illinois, July 24, 2023—The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) has updated its guidelines on the Treatment of Patients with Medically Refractory Occipital Neuralgia. Led by Dr. Michael D. Staudt, MD, MSc, this update published July 17, 2023, in Neurosurgery. Other relevant information can also be found on the CNS website.

    In 2015, guidelines for the treatment of occipital neuralgia (ON) with occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) were established by the CNS. The current article is an updated review of the medical literature in accordance with the standard operating procedures and methodology of the CNS for developing clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines are intended to evaluate and rank current evidence via multidisciplinary panel agreement on this topic.

    Guideline Task Force lead, Dr. Staudt states, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to update the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of ONS for ON and are thankful for the support from the CNS. We are hopeful that neuromodulation device innovation will help expand the indications and improve insurance coverage for patients with intractable craniofacial pain.”

    This guideline was developed by the CNS and was reviewed for evidence-based integrity. It is endorsed by the CNS and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.


    About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. For more information, visit

    About Neurosurgery Publications
    Neurosurgery is the official publication of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Neurosurgery provides multimedia, prompt publication of scientific articles on clinical or experimental surgery topics important for the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves, reviews, and other information of interest to readers across the world. Clinical Neurosurgery, published annually as a supplement to Neurosurgery, is the official register of the CNS Annual Meeting. Operative Neurosurgery is focused on the technical aspects of the discipline featuring operative procedures, anatomy, instrumentation, devices, and technology. Operative Neurosurgery is the practical resource for cutting-edge material that connects the surgeon directly to the operating room. Neurosurgery Practice publishes scientific articles, both clinical and experimental, from across the neurosurgical subspecialties including but not limited to vascular, spine, and tumor. Neurosurgery Practice features clinical research, reviews, case instructions, and other information of interest to neurosurgeons.  Neurosurgery Practice is an online-only, fully Open Access publication with content publishing under either the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY-NC-ND or CC-BY license.

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