Percutaneous trigeminal nerve compression for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia: Results in 50 patients

J. A. Brown, M. D. McDaniel, M. T. Weaver, K. J. Burchiel, R. F. Young

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THE PURPOSE OF this study was to review the results of the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia by percutaneous trigeminal nerve compression in 50 patients during a period of 7.5 years and to review the factors associated with pain recurrence. Mean patient age was 61 years (range, 35-86). Among the patients, 52% had previous destructive peripheral procedures; 24% had first division pain; and 10% had multiple sclerosis. The mean follow-up was 3 years (range, 9 mo to 7.5 yr). Eighty-six percent of the patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their pain relief. Mild numbness persisted in 74%, and one patient thought it was severe. Minor masseter weakness resolved in all patients in a maximum of 1 year. Aseptic meningitis occurred in 3 patients. Minor dysesthesia was seen in 20%. Transient 6th nerve palsy was present in one patient. Anesthesia dolorosa or absence of the corneal reflex did not happen. The recurrence rate was 26% (13/50). The mean time until recurrence was 1.5 years (range, 14 d to 3.5 yr). Sixty-two percent (8/13) of patients with recurrence required a subsequent compression. When another compression was done, four of eight had recurrent pain once again. Three of these four patients had undergone two to eight previous destructive procedures. Overall, 8 of 13 patients with recurrence had undergone previous destructive procedures. Early recurrence (in <1 week) or failure to relieve pain occurred in 8% (4/50) of patients. Half of those with early failure had a subsequent compression. After compression, 70% of patients with recurrence did have numbness. The mean tissue compression pressure for patients without recurrence or failure (n = 9) when measured (823 ± 340 mm Hg) was not significantly different from that of patients with recurrence, 768 ± 218 mm Hg, n = 3 (P > 0.5). Kaplan-Meier survival curves for pain-free days were similar between patients who had previous destructive procedures and those who did not (P > 0.5). Percutaneous trigeminal compression continues to be an effective and technically simple treatment for trigeminal neuralgia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570-573
Number of pages4
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume32
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal Nerve
Recurrence
Therapeutics
Pain
Abducens Nerve Diseases
Aseptic Meningitis
Blinking
Hypesthesia
Paresthesia
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Multiple Sclerosis
Anesthesia

Keywords

  • Pain
  • Tic doulouroux
  • Trigeminal nerve
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Brown, J. A., McDaniel, M. D., Weaver, M. T., Burchiel, K. J., & Young, R. F. (1993). Percutaneous trigeminal nerve compression for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia: Results in 50 patients. Neurosurgery, 32(4), 570-573.

Percutaneous trigeminal nerve compression for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia : Results in 50 patients. / Brown, J. A.; McDaniel, M. D.; Weaver, M. T.; Burchiel, K. J.; Young, R. F.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 32, No. 4, 1993, p. 570-573.

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Brown, JA, McDaniel, MD, Weaver, MT, Burchiel, KJ & Young, RF 1993, 'Percutaneous trigeminal nerve compression for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia: Results in 50 patients', Neurosurgery, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 570-573.
Brown JA, McDaniel MD, Weaver MT, Burchiel KJ, Young RF. Percutaneous trigeminal nerve compression for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia: Results in 50 patients. Neurosurgery. 1993;32(4):570-573.
Brown, J. A. ; McDaniel, M. D. ; Weaver, M. T. ; Burchiel, K. J. ; Young, R. F. / Percutaneous trigeminal nerve compression for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia : Results in 50 patients. In: Neurosurgery. 1993 ; Vol. 32, No. 4. pp. 570-573.
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