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Geniculate/Nervus Intermedius Neuralgia

Geniculate neuralgia is a painful condition caused when a blood vessel presses against a small nerve, called the nervus intermedius, producing a sharp, stabbing pain deep in the ear. Some patients describe it as “an ice pick in the ear.” Although usually sudden and intense, pain can build gradually to a dull, persistent ache that is interrupted by occasional stabbing pain. Swallowing and talking can trigger the pain. Medication is generally the first course of treatment but surgery may be needed for permanent relief.

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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by geniculate neuralgia. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that pinpoint constricted blood vessels so that surgeons can alleviate the pressure on the nerve and eliminate the pain caused by geniculate neuralgia. Recovery times also are shorter, because no incision is made.