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Neurol Sci. 2017 May;38(Suppl 1):51-55. doi: 10.1007/s10072-017-2909-6.

Treatments of glossopharyngeal neuralgia: towards standard procedures.

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1
Neurosurgery Department, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Via Celoria 11, 20133, Milan, Italy. andrea.franzini1@hotmail.it.
2
Neurosurgery Department, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Via Celoria 11, 20133, Milan, Italy.
3
Radiosurgery Department, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy.

Abstract

The degree of disability due to glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GN) refractory to conservative treatments justifies surgical procedures as second-line treatments. Since the first description of this facial pain disorders, many surgical options have been described either via a percutaneous or an open surgical way. Actually, when a neurovascular conflict on root entry zone (REZ) or cisternal portion of the ninth and tenth cranial nerves is identified, microvascular decompression (MVD) is the first surgical option to consider. Many studies have demonstrated its efficacy and safety for the treatment of GN. Recently, stereotactic radiosurgery has gained space in the treatment of selected cases of GN. We provide an overview of the surgical procedures for the treatment of GN and of our own experience.

KEYWORDS:

Glossopharyngeal neuralgia; Microvascular decompression; Percutaneous thermorizotomy; Radiosurgery

PMID:
28527060
DOI:
10.1007/s10072-017-2909-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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