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VASCULAR MALFORMATIONS

Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are two surgical approaches to trigeminal neuralgia: microvascular decompression and a variety of nerve injury procedures. Most patients with trigeminal neuralgia pain initially find relief with medications such as Tegretol or Neurontin. However, the disease usually becomes more severe and refractory to medications. Over one half of TN patients will eventually need to consider surgical treatment.

GKS has been reported to be effective in 50-75% of cases of Trigeminal Neuralgia that have previously failed medical and conventional surgical treatment. GKS may also be considered for patients who are elderly and/or medically unfit (when conventional surgery risks may be prohibitive.)


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