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Neurol Res. 1998 Dec;20(8):727-31.

Vascular compression of cranial nerves. I. History of the microvascular decompression operation.

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University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders 75235-7298, USA.

Abstract

The development of the microvascular decompression (MVD) operation is reviewed. It is stressed that a few innovative neurosurgeons discovered the role of vascular compression of cranial nerves V and VII in trigeminal neuralgia (TGN) and hemifacial spasm (HFS) and developed an operation, later to be known as the MVD operation. While the understanding of the pathophysiology of these disorders has improved, the surgical procedure has undergone little change since Gardner described the operation about 1960.

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