The Pathophysiology of Trigeminal Neuralgia

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The first edition of this textbook was published 11 years ago. It contained Chapter 170, entitled The Pathophysiology of Trigeminal Neuralgia written by William H. Sweet. His chapter is an exceptionally valuable treatise on this subject. His remarkable knowledge, wisdom, and vast experience treating trigeminal neuralgia (TN) patients remain unmatched. I am humbled by the task of updating our understanding of possible causes and mechanisms involved in this most painful affliction. My interest in this topic was kindled by 7 years of training under Dr. Sweet during neurosurgical residency. This was followed by my 30-year experience surgically treating over 700 patients with TN. The late Dr. Sweet, one of the great pillars of neurosurgery, had enormous influence on my life. His scholarship overshadows my own, and it would be impossible for me to stray far from his teachings in writing this chapter.


Trigeminal Nerve Trigeminal Neuralgia Hemifacial Spasm Vascular Compression Root Entry Zone 
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The author wishes to express his appreciation to Andrew F. Hurt for his valuable assistance in the preparation of this manuscript and to the Neurosurgical Center for Pain Treatment and Research for its support.


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