Gamma knife radiosurgery for medically refractory idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia

J. H. Kang, Y. S. Yoon, D. W. Rang, S. S. Chung, JinWoo Chang

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Abstract

Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKS) has been generally considered as a viable therapeutic option for the management of medically refractory idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia (TN). We reviewed our experience with GKS in patients with TN. Between Feb 1996 and May 2006, 77 patients with medical refractory idiopathic TN were treated using GKS. Thirtysix patients who had undergone other previous procedures, previous GKS, or had brain stem lesion, atypical symptoms, were excluded from this study. Pain improvement was achieved in 38 of the patients with TN (pain response rate 92.7%). Twenty-three patients were pain free and 15 had reduced pain. There were no serious complications. We think that GKS is an effective treatment option for patients with medical refractory idiopathic TN.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReconstructive Neurosurgery
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Wien
Pages35-38
Number of pages4
Edition101
ISBN (Print)9783211782040
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1

Publication series

NameActa Neurochirurgica, Supplementum
Number101
ISSN (Print)0065-1419

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Kang, J. H., Yoon, Y. S., Rang, D. W., Chung, S. S., & Chang, J. (2008). Gamma knife radiosurgery for medically refractory idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia. In Reconstructive Neurosurgery (101 ed., pp. 35-38). (Acta Neurochirurgica, Supplementum; No. 101). Springer-Verlag Wien. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-211-78205-7_6