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2019 Sep 03

BMC Neurol



The long-term clinical outcomes of microvascular decompression for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia compressed by the vertebra-basilar artery: a case series review.


Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a type of neurosurgery used to treat trigeminal neuralgia (TN) caused by the vertebrobasilar contact/compression. The surgery is not risk-free, however; it may cause recurrent facial pain or other side-effects. The objective of this study was to assess the long-term pain relief and the complications of MVD surgery for the vertebrobasilar compression treatment.