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Overview and History of Trigeminal Neuralgia.

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Overview and History of Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2016 Jul;27(3):265-76

Authors: Patel SK, Liu JK

Abstract
Although the symptoms associated with trigeminal neuralgia have been well documented, the root cause of this disease initially eluded most surgeons. Although early remedies were haphazard because of a lack of understanding about the condition, near the 20th century both medical and procedural therapies were established for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. These treatments include a variety of medications, chemoneurolysis, radiofrequency lesioning, percutaneous ablative procedures, stereotactic radiosurgery, and open rhizotomy and microvascular decompression. This report recounts the history of trigeminal neuralgia, from its earliest descriptions to the historical evolution of nonsurgical and surgical therapies.

PMID: 27324994 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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