Great Auricular/Posterior Auricular Nerve Entrapment

  • Leonard BentonEmail author
  • Andrea M. Trescot


The great auricular nerve (GAN) and the posterior auricular nerve (PAN) provide sensation to the mastoid and ear regions. These nerves have a variable origin, and there is much confusion regarding their anatomy. Because of their location, the GAN and PAN are very easily injured during surgery and trauma, and since their anatomy is not well understood, they are often missed as an etiology of parietal pain and headaches.


Great auricular nerve Greater auricular nerve Posterior auricular nerve Cryptogenic earache Mastoid pain Parietal pain Parietal headache 

Supplementary material

Video 16.1

Physical exam of the posterior auricular nerve (MOV 45449 kb)

Video 16.2

Landmark-guided injection of the posterior auricular nerve (MOV 43939 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Private PracticeFt. MyersUSA
  2. 2.Pain and Headache CenterAnchorageUSA

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