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Characteristics of neurovascular compression in facial neuralgia patients by 3D high-resolution MRI and fusion technology.
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PMID:  23199722     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the anatomical characteristics and patterns of neurovascular compression in patients suffering trigeminal neuralgia, using 3D high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging methods and fusion technologies.
METHODS: The analysis of the anatomy of the facial nerve, brain stem and the vascular structures related to this nerve was made in 100 consecutive patients for TN. 3D high resolution MRI studies (3D SPGR, T1 enhanced 3D MP-RAGE and T2/T1 3D FIESTA) simultaneous visualization were used to assessed using the software 3D DOCTOR.
RESULTS: In 93 patients (93%), there were one or several locals of neurovascular compression (NVC). The superior cerebellar artery was involved in 71 cases (76%), the other vessels including the antero-inferior cerebellar artery, the basilar artery, the vertebral artery, and some venous structures. The mean distance between NVC and nerve origin site in the brainstem was (3.76 ± 2.90) mm). In 39 patients (42%), the vascular compression was located proximally and in 42 (45%) the compression was located distally. Nerve dislocation or distortion by the vessel was observed in 30 cases (32%).
CONCLUSIONS: This 3D high resolution MRI and image fusion technology could be useful for diagnostic and therapeutic decisions in TN.
Authors:
Zi-Yi Guo; Jing Chen; Guang Yang; Qian-Yu Tang; Cai-Xiang Chen; Shui-Xi Fu; Dan Yu
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asian Pacific journal of tropical medicine     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1995-7645     ISO Abbreviation:  Asian Pac J Trop Med     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101533720     Medline TA:  Asian Pac J Trop Med     Country:  Singapore    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1000-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Hainan Medical College. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Radiology Department, Hospital Municipal of Haikou, 43 People's Blvd, Haikou 570208, Hainan Province, China; Department of Radioloy, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China.
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