For over 100 years it has been known that correctly impacting the sphenopalatine ganglion and the trigeminal system often results in beneficial effects on several significant and often debilitating neurologic problems such as migraine, cluster headache, trigeminal neuralgia, etc.
Over the past several decades, the various techniques used to access this area have proven to be technically difficult, uncomfortable, and in some cases, quite dangerous. However, when an adequate amount of an appropriate medication is delivered to the target area, relief has been achieved in most cases.
The SphenoCath® is designed to enable quick, easy, and safe access to the pterygopalatine fossa in the posterior/superior aspect of the nasal cavity.
The use of this delivery device in trained hands requires very little time, whether being done as a simple office procedure by tactile feel, or in an interventional radiology suite under fluoroscopic guidance.
Delivery of medication to this target allows for simple diffusion through a thin mucosal layer to the location of neural structures known as the sphenopalatine ganglion and some of the proximal branches of the trigeminal system.
When done gently and correctly, this procedure is very well tolerated, and extremely safe. As mentioned earlier, and as has been shown for over a century, delivery of an appropriate medication to the target area has often provided immediate, and in many cases, long lasting benefit.
Formal and informal trials are underway investigating the use of this device in the treatment of post-concussion headache. It is also being used by several practitioners for delivery of stem cells, growth factors, and peptides.
Several forward-thinking clinicians and scientists have shown great interest in the potential uses of this simple, but unique delivery device.