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Percutaneous trigeminal ganglion balloon compression rhizotomy: experience in 27 patients.
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PMID:  22545013     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Percutaneous ganglion balloon compression (PBC) is a minimally invasive procedure for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-seven (19 female and 8 male) patients, who presented with classical symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, were included. Age ranged from 34 to 91 years (median 62 years), 33 procedures were performed. Duration of the symptoms ranged from 1 year to 30 years (median 5 years).
RESULTS: After the procedure, pain relief was reported in 25 (93%) patients. In two patients, the pain remained the same. The pain free period ranged from 2 to 74 months (median 15 months). A mean duration of analgesia was longer in patients with ideal pear shape of balloon at the time of the procedure compared to nonideal shape (P = 0.01). No major complications occurred in our group of patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Percutaneous trigeminal ganglion balloon compression is a safe, simple, and effective method for temporary pain relief in a selective group of trigeminal neuralgia patients.
Tadej Trojnik; Tomaž Ŝmigoc
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-04-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  TheScientificWorldJournal     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  1537-744X     ISO Abbreviation:  ScientificWorldJournal     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-30     Completed Date:  2012-07-13     Revised Date:  2013-06-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101131163     Medline TA:  ScientificWorldJournal     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  328936     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, University Clinical Centre Maribor, Ljubljanska 5, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Catheterization / methods*
Middle Aged
Rhizotomy / methods*
Trigeminal Ganglion / surgery*
Trigeminal Neuralgia / surgery*

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