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2022 Nov 15

Curr Pain Headache Rep

Pulsed Radiofrequency for the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia.


Abd-Elsayed A, Martens JM, Fiala KJ, Izuogu A
Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2022 Nov 15.
PMID: 36378398.


Trigeminal neuralgia is a sudden, unilateral, stabbing pain in the distribution of one or more branches of the fifth cranial nerve, with an overall prevalence ranging between 0.03 and 0.3%. While conservative treatments may offer temporary relief, many patients experience chronic headaches associated with their neuralgia. Invasive treatments are available for patients with intractable neuralgia; however, they may cause permanent tissue damage and often do not provide relief. This article examines pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) ablation (RFA) of the trigeminal nerve as a minimally invasive procedure that offers a promising alternative to invasive procedures for relief of trigeminal neuralgia while minimizing tissue damage.