Patrick Rhoten, M.D.
mss5 at cwru.po.edu.
Thu Mar 9 22:31:02 EST 1995
>Trigeminal neuralgia can be a debilitating disease with frequent attacks and
> often agonizing bouts of intractable pain. Make sure that your family members
> Tegretol levels are therapeutic and if not then inquire about possibly raising
> her dosage. If these are of no use then she may be a candidate for a
>procedure known as microvascular decompression, if she has already had
>injection of her "nerve" with glycerol or has had a procedure called
> radiofrequency lesioning of the ganglion. One other possibility if all
> of the others fail is another neurosurgical procedure called trigeminal
> tractomtomy, where a lesion is made in the brainstem to ablate that
>portion of the brain that receives pain input from the face. I highly
> suggest that you seek a neurosurgical opinion.
Erin go Bragh!
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