Trigeminal Nerve decompression treatment for ice pick headache – SUNCT/SUNA
Researchers downloaded every scientific study in which a patient with stabbing pain around the temple and eyes had gone for nerve decompression procedures. In total, in all the published literature they identified nineteen patients.
At a follow up of fourteen months after the nerve decompression procedure twelve out of the nineteen patients had complete resolution of their attacks. In seven patients there was no significant improvement. One patient who experienced no pain relief reported a reduction in hearing, and another reported loss of muscle coordination.
The nineteen patients were made up of ten case studies, and one series of nine patients. In both the individual case ports and the series the overall success rate was about 66% indicating that there was no bias in the studies.
In 88% of these patients, abnormal loops of arteries could be seen around the nerves in question.
View the original headache study at this link: Role of Trigeminal Microvascular Decompression
in the Treatment of SUNCT and SUNA
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