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Anesth Analg. 2004 Dec;99(6):1585-6, table of contents.

Percutaneous radiofrequency trigeminal rhizotomy in a patient with an implanted cardiac pacemaker.

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FRCPC, Department of Anesthesia, Vancouver General Hospital, Rm 2449, 910 West 10th Ave., Vancouver V5Z 4E3, BC Canada.


Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation is a frequently used treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. Radiofrequency is another potential source of electromagnetic interference to implanted cardiac pacemakers. Our patient had a permanent pacemaker and underwent the procedure without incident.

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