Volume : 7
Issue : 2
Micro vascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia: Preliminary experience
Raghavendra H, Varsha KS, Shivender Sobti
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Raghavendra H1,*, Varsha KS2 and Shivender Sobti3
1Department of Neurosurgery, ESIC Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital, Hyderabad-500038, Telangana, India
2Department of Anaesthesiology, ESIC Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital, Hyderabad-500038, Telangana, India
3Department of Neurosurgery, Christian Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
*Corresponding author: Dr. Raghavendra H, Department of Neurosurgery, ESIC Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital, Hyderabad-500038, Telangana, India. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received 28 December 2018; Revised 25 February 2019; Accepted 7 March 2019; Published 18 March 2019
Citation: Raghavendra H, Varsha KS, Sobti S. Micro vascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia: Preliminary experience. J Med Sci Res. 2019; 7(2):32-35. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17727/JMSR.2019/7-7
Copyright: © 2019 Raghavendra H et al. Published by KIMS Foundation and Research Center. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Objective: To assess the outcome of micro vascular decompression (MVD) for trigeminal neuralgia (TN) in the initial experience.
Methods: Between March 2016 and March 2018, 16 patients who were affected, by trigeminal neuralgia and underwent micro vascular decompression in the Department of Neurosurgery at tertiary centre were enrolled in the study. A Barrow Neurological Institute pain score was calculated pre and post-operatively for all patients.
Results: During a 24-month period, 16 patients underwent MVD for TN. All patients were operated on by the author. The patients included 11 females and 5 males, with a mean age of 50 years. The mean time from diagnosis to surgery was 3.5 years. The mean time from first neurosurgical clinic review and operation was 204 days, all the patients had a vascular loop identified on pre-operative MRI, all patients underwent micro vascular decompression. There was an average follow up of 16.37 months. A post-operative Barrow score of ≤3 was considered a satisfactory outcome, out of 16 patients 15 had satisfactory outcome.
Conclusions: We consider MVD to be gold standard treatment option in patients with TN, refractory to medical management.
Keywords: Micro vascular decompression; trigeminal neuralgia; multiple sclerosis; medical management