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

A. Machado*, M. Ogrin, Joshua M Rosenow, J. M. Henderson

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Abstract

Aims: 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. Methods: Patients who experienced >50% reduction in pain from a 7- to 10-day trial period underwent permanent implantation and were prospectively followed. Results: 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. Discussion: The results in this series were variable but 3 patients showed long-term improvements. Patients who continued to work responded better to treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-224
Number of pages9
JournalStereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Volume85
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • Gasserian ganglion stimulation
  • Neuromodulation
  • Trigeminal neuropathic pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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