Technique of Trigeminal Nucleotractotomy

  • M. J. Teixeira
  • E. T. Fonoff
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Management of certain craniofacial pain conditions, such as anesthesia dolorosa, atypical facial pain, postherpetic neuralgia, facial pain in Wallemberg’s syndrome, and pain caused by cranioorofacial malignancies represent a great therapeutic challenge. Despite the great number of medical and nonablative surgical therapies available for their treatment, ablative antialgic neurosurgical procedures are still necessary in several cases. However, the results of the many of these operations [1], when good, are only temporary, while others worsen the original clinical condition by inducing deafferentation pain syndromes or are not applicable in the treatment of neuropathic cranioorofacial pains [2].


Trigeminal Nerve Trigeminal Neuralgia Facial Pain Postherpetic Neuralgia Dorsal Root Entry Zone 
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