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2020 Feb

Neurosurg Rev



Teflon™ or Ivalon®: a scoping review of implants used in microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia.


Pressman E, Jha TR, Zavadskiy G, Kumar JI, van Loveren H, Van Gompel JJ, Agazzi S
Neurosurg Rev. 2020 Feb; 43(1):79-86.
PMID: 31786660.


Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is characterized by jolts of pain along the distribution of the trigeminal nerve. If patients fail conservative management, microvascular decompression (MVD) is the next step in treatment. MVD is largely done by placing implant pads between the nerve and compressing vessels. We conducted a literature review to assess effectiveness and safety of Teflon™ and Ivalon® sponges for treatment of TN with MVD.