When is simple decompression indicated for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (TN)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: Kim J Burchiel, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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More recently, however, both MRI imaging and posterior fossa exploration have frequently revealed a structural cause for neuralgia such as an ectatic artery impinging on the trigeminal nerve root. In such cases, simple decompression and separation of the compressing vessel from the nerve root produces long-lasting relief of symptoms.


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