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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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ROSSITTI, Sandro L.; ARAUJO, João Flávio M.; ZUIANI, A. Roberto  and  BALBO, Roque J.. Pharyngeal pain during. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1989, vol.47, n.2, pp.182-186. ISSN 0004-282X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X1989000200009.

Oropharyngeal pain was referred by five fully conscious and collaborative patients during lateral suboccipital puncture (LSP) of the cisterna magna, performed for myelography and/or cerebrospinal fluid collection. The anastomotic connections between the lower cranial nerves, the sympathetic nerves and the upper cervical spinal nerves are reviewed, with emphasis on the relationship between the first cervical nerve (CI), the superior cervical ganglion of the sympathetic trunk, and the spinal accessory nerve (nerve XI), and their central connections. The authors conclude that pharyngeal pain during LSP is provoked by the stimulation of afferent visceral fibers of CI, or of the gray communicating branches of the superior cervical ganglion to CI.

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