PULSED RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION OF MANDIBULAR BRANCH OF TRIGEMINAL NERVE FOR TREATMENT OF TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA
Dr. Garima Dabas* and Dr. Sahil Gupta
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a neuropathy affecting the face and is the most common neuralgia that occurs in people over 50 years of age. According to the studies, the most common etiology is vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve causing focal demyelination and aberrant neural discharge and other causes include multiple sclerosis or brain tumors. Carbamazepine remains the drug of choice for the treatment of TN. Minimally invasive interventional pain therapies like radiofrequency ablation i.e. pulsed or thermocoagulation and microvascular decompression are possible options when drug therapy fails. The technique of pulsed radiofrequency ablation of the trigeminal nerve is described in detail in this review.
Keywords: Carbamazepine remains the drug of choice for the treatment of TN.
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