Facial pain due to vascular lesions of the brain stem relieved by dorsal root entry zone lesions in the nucleus caudalis

Report of two cases

John H. Sampson B.Sc.(Med), M.D.1 and Blaine S. Nashold Jr. M.D.1
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  • 1 Division of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
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✓ One patient with a pontine infarct due to a fusiform basilar artery aneurysm and one with an arteriovenous malformation within the tectum of the mesencephalon developed intractable facial pain. This pain was relieved in both patients by radiofrequency lesions in the dorsal root entry zone of the trigeminal nucleus caudalis.

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