Severe headache following local anaesthesia in a patient with a history of traumatic brain injury – a case report

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  • Provides a management strategy potentially of use in patients with difficulty receiving IAN blocks.

  • Provides a logical approach to history taking and treatment planning which could be of use in other cases.

  • It is important that the patient does not receive conflicting information as this can increase anxiety.

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Robb, N. Severe headache following local anaesthesia in a patient with a history of traumatic brain injury – a case report. Br Dent J 224, 149–151 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.43

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