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Efficacy and safety of CT-guided percutaneous pulsed radiofrequency treatment of the Gasserian ganglion in patients with medically intractable idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia

Authors Lan M, Zipu J, Ying S, Hao R, Fang L

Received 5 July 2018

Accepted for publication 3 September 2018

Published 19 November 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 2877—2885


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Editor who approved publication: Dr E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval

Meng Lan,* Jia Zipu,* Shen Ying, Ren Hao, Luo Fang

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, PR China
*These authors contributed equally to this work

There is a lack of prospective studies for the long-term results of percutaneous pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) of the Gasserian ganglion in the treatment of patients with medically refractory trigeminal neuralgia (TN).
Methods and results: We prospectively observed the outcomes of 28 idiopathic TN patients (between July 2013 and July 2016) who received CT-guided percutaneous PRF treatment of the Gasserian ganglion. All of the patients had stopped responding to drug therapy before PRF treatment. The effective treatment standard was a reduction in the pain numeric rating scale (NRS) by ≥50% after the procedure. The postoperative NRS score decreased gradually from preoperative 7.6±0.8 months to 1.5±2.4, 0.2±0.4, 0.2±0.4, 0.1±0.4, and 0.1±0.4 at 1, 3, and 6 months and 1 and 2 years after the PRF treatment. The response rates at 1, 3, and 6 months were 85.7%, and the rates at 12 months and 2 years were maintained at 78.6%. No serious side effects were observed.
Conclusion: CT-guided PRF invention is an effective and safe technique for medically intractable idiopathic TN patients. This minimally invasive alternative treatment has the potential as a first-line therapy for TN.

Keywords: trigeminal neuralgia, pulsed radiofrequency, efficacy, safety

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