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2021 Jul

Pain Physician



Extracranial Non-Gasserian Ganglion Application of Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation on the Mandibular Branch of the Trigeminal through the Foramen Ovale for Trigeminal Neuralgia.


Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the trigeminal Gasserian ganglion via the foramen ovale is still one of the classic treatments for primary trigeminal neuralgia. However, the Gasserian ganglion is deep in the middle cranial fossa. Although it is a structure outside the brain tissue, the puncture needle must enter the encephalic to reach the Gasserian ganglion and so it is difficult to completely avoid the risk of intracranial hemorrhage and infection caused by puncture damage to intracranial blood vessels. It is not clear whether if it is possible for RFA at the extracranial non-gasserian-ganglion site via the exit of the cranial channel (foramen ovale) for patients with V3 trigeminal neuralgia (TN).