Cyberknife Radiation Successful For Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia

Even though surgery often proves successful, not all patients are suitable for anesthesia and some people do not want to undergo such an invasive procedure.

For their study, the researchers treated 17 patients with trigeminal neuralgia between the ages of 36 and 90, with Cyberknife radio surgery between 2007 and 2009. All patients had suffered between 1 and 11 years from the condition and failed to respond to common methods of treatment.

The treatment consisted of zapping a maximum radiation dose of 73.06 Gy into a 6mm length of the trigeminal nerve, just 2 to 3mm from the root, after which the patients were frequently monitored for an average period of just less than 12 months.
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