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Efficacy and Safety of Percutaneous Ozone Injection Around Gasserian Ganglion for the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Multicenter Retrospective Study

Authors Gao L, Chen RW, Williams JP, Li T, Han WJ, Zhao QN, Wang Y, An JX

Received 22 September 2019

Accepted for publication 24 March 2020

Published 4 May 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 927—936

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S232081

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Michael A Überall


Lei Gao,1,2 Ruo-Wen Chen,2 John P Williams,3 Tong Li,4 Wei-Jiang Han,5 Qian-Nan Zhao,2 Yong Wang,2 Jian-Xiong An1,2

1Department of Anesthesiology, Weifang Medical University, Weifang City 261000, Shangdong, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Sleep Medicine, Aviation General Hospital of China Medical University and Beijing Institute of Translational Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100012, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA; 4Department of Pain, Lanzhou Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital, Lanzhou, 730030, People’s Republic of China; 5Department of Pain, Xishuangbanna Dai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture People’s Hospital, Xishuangbanna, 666100, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Jian-Xiong An
Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Sleep Medicine, Aviation General Hospital of China Medical University and Beijing Institute of Translational Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beiyuan Road 3, Beijing 100012, People’s Republic of China
Tel +86 138 0128 1750
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Background: Ozone injection around Gasserian ganglion (OIAGG) has been reported to be an effective treatment for trigeminal neuralgia (TN); however, there remain areas for improvement. To overcome one of these limitations, a multicenter examination of application would be extremely helpful.
Objective: The goal of this report was to assess the efficacy of OIAGG for refractory TN across multiple centers and to explore factors predictive of successful treatment.
Design: A multicenter, retrospective study.
Setting: The study was conducted across 3 pain centers across China.
Patients and Methods: A total of 103 subjects from 3 pain centers were enrolled in the study. An ozone-oxygen mixture gas at a concentration of 30 μg/mL was injected into the area around the Gasserian ganglion performed under C-arm X-ray guidance. Primary outcome measures included a pain assessment using a visual analog scale (VAS) and the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) pain intensity scale. Clinical assessment of patients for these outcome measures was performed at pretreatment, post-treatment, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years after the OIAGG.
Results: Successful pain relief was defined as a score within BNI grades I–IIIa. The pain relief rates at post-treatment, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years after the procedure were 88.35%, 86.87%, 84.46% and 83.30%, respectively. The VAS at each observation time point was significantly different from the preoperative levels (P< 0.05). Logistic regression analysis showed that previous nerve damage had a significant effect on the treatment results. No significant complications or side effects were found during or after treatment.
Conclusion: This multicenter research confirms our previous single center results that OIAGG is both effective and safe for patients with TN.

Keywords: trigeminal neuralgia, trigeminal post-herpetic neuralgia, ozone therapy, Gasserian ganglion

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