A 10-year follow-up review of percutaneous microcompression of the trigeminal ganglion

Terry Lichtor Section of Neurosurgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

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John F. Mullan Section of Neurosurgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

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✓ Percutaneous microcompression of the trigeminal ganglion for the relief of trigeminal neuralgia is a technically simple, nonpainful procedure, carried out under brief general anesthesia. One hundred patients treated by this method have been followed for 1 to 10 years; treatment has been technically successful in 97% of cases. Relief persisted at five years in 80%, and it is estimated that at 10 years the figure will be 70%. There were no deaths, no cerebral damage, no keratitis, and no analgesia dolorosa; 4% of the patients reported dysesthesia.

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