A 12-month prospective study of gasserian ganglion stimulation for trigeminal neuropathic pain.

Trigeminal neuropathic pain is a broad diagnostic category that includes pain of several etiologies and excludes trigeminal neuralgia. The authors report a prospective series of percutaneous gasserian ganglion stimulation for trigeminal neuropathic pain.
Patients who experienced >50% reduction in pain from a 7- to 10-day trial period underwent permanent implantation and were prospectively followed.
Eight of 10 trialed patients received a permanent implant. At the 12-month follow-up, 2 patients had been explanted and 1 was lost to follow-up. Three (all working at that the time) continued to experience >50% improvement in pain.
The results in this series were variable but 3 patients showed long-term improvements. Patients who continued to work responded better to treatment.
AuthorsA Machado, M Ogrin, J M Rosenow, J M Henderson
JournalStereotactic and functional neurosurgery (Stereotact Funct Neurosurg) Vol. 85 Issue 5 Pg. 216-24 ( 2007) ISSN: 1011-6125 [Print] Switzerland
PMID17534134 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
CopyrightCopyright (c) 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel.
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy (methods)
  • Electrodes, Implanted
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Heart Septum (radiography)
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life
  • Stereotaxic Techniques
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Trigeminal Ganglion (physiopathology)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (physiopathology, therapy)

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