Neuralgia of the ninth or glossopharyngeal nerve was described clearly by Weisenburg1 in 1910, but it was such a clinical rarity that when Dandy,2 in 1927, reported two cases successfully and permanently cured by intracranial division of the nerve central to its ganglia, he was able to collect from the literature records of only eighteen other cases. Keith,3 in 1932, added seventeen reported cases. Since, then Clinton and Ward,4 Chavany and Welti,5 Ball6 and Reichert7 have reported six more cases, making a total of forty-three cases recorded in the literature.
The published reports of cases have led to a wider dissemination of knowledge concerning the characteristic symptoms of this rather rare tic douloureux. As a consequence recognition of it is becoming more frequent and more certain, so that a correct diagnosis and successful treatment may soon be expected in every case. Nearly all
Reichert FL. NEURALGIAS OF THE GLOSSOPHARYNGEAL NERVEWith Particular Reference to the Sensory, Gustatory and Secretory Functions of the Nerve. Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(5):1030-1037. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250110118008