Cyberknife Radiation Successful For Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia

A small study published online in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery shows that a technique in which highly concentrated beams of radiation are used, known as Cyberknife, can relieve the stabbing pain of the facial nerve condition trigeminal neuralgia.

About five in every 100,000 individuals is thought to suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, which is characterized as a sharp, stabbing/burning sensation in the jaw or cheek. The name originates from the trigeminal nerve, the source of the pain.

Although the pain only lasts for a brief moment, episodes recur and with drug treatments often failing to offer long lasting relief, together with having a range of potential side effects, the only other alternative is surgery.

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