What are the possible complications of trigeminal neuralgia (TN) surgery?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: Kim J Burchiel, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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The primary complications of surgery include troublesome sensory loss over the face or the dysesthetic syndrome of anesthesia dolorosa. Anesthesia dolorosa can be disabling, occasionally is worse than the original TN, and is difficult to treat. For this reason, procedures with the best long-term success and the least risk of a residual facial dysesthetic syndrome are the most promising.


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