Children and adolescents can now relieve strong headaches caused by migraine with a new treatment minimally invasive, that has immediate results. This technique had already been used in adults, but it has been proven that their use in children has no adverse effects, thanks to a recent study, presented at the scientific meeting of 2017 of the American Society of Interventional Radiology, held in Washington (United States).
A child or adolescent may receive this therapy if you are diagnosed with a severe migraine, and it has not responded favorably to first-line treatments
The treatment consists of a block of ganglion esfelopalatino (known as GSP for its acronym in English), for which just insert a small flexible catheter for the nasal orifices until you reach the set of nerves associated with migraine, found in the back of the nose. Once they reach these nerves, applies a bit of them, local anesthetic in a way that gets to interrupt pain signals emitted by the GSP and therefore discomfort disappear in a few minutes, being able to prolong the effects until months later, according to researchers have been exposed.
Robin Kaye, co-author of the study, points out that this treatment significantly reduces the use of drugs, which have many side effects, or intravenous therapies, which in most cases require hospital admission. In this way, children can continue the tasks of every day, go to school, or attending extracurricular activities. This technique is only used when a child or teenager with a diagnosis of severe migraine does not respond to first-line treatments.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the technique with the blocking of the GSP, in Studio 310 treatments were conducted in 200 patients, aged 7 to 18 years old, diagnosed with severe migraine. Before undergoing intervention they quantified their pain on a scale of 1 to 10, and you were asked to assess the level they felt after the process. As a result, it was observed that only 10 minutes later had reduced pain, on average, two points on the scale, it is considered that this treatment considerably alleviates the symptoms of migraine. The researchers insist that although this procedure cannot be considered a cure for this disorder, yes improve significantly the quality of life of many children.