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Size of the internal carotid and middle cerebral arteries in patients with trigeminal neuralgia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6670585     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Internal carotid angiography was performed in 38 patients with trigeminal neuralgia. The diameters of the middle cerebral and internal carotid arteries were measured and compared with the expected normal values obtained from a previously published study of a reference group of patients. The internal carotid artery was narrower than expected in the region close to the Gasserian ganglion and wider proximal and distal to this region. The differences were statistically significant. In 45 per cent of the patients, tortuosity and kinking of the internal carotid artery was found, indicating ectasia. Thus, in spite of signs of ectasia of the internal carotid artery, a significant reduction of the vessel size was seen close to the Gasserian ganglion, suggesting an etiologic relationship between the vascular changes and trigeminal neuralgia.
K Ericson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta radiologica: diagnosis     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0567-8056     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Radiol Diagn (Stockh)     Publication Date:  1983  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-03-27     Completed Date:  1984-03-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370367     Medline TA:  Acta Radiol Diagn (Stockh)     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  459-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Carotid Artery, Internal / radiography*
Cerebral Angiography*
Middle Aged
Reference Values
Trigeminal Neuralgia / radiography*

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