Percutaneous trigeminal tractotomy-nucleotomy with use of intraoperative computed tomography and general anesthesia: Report of 2 cases

Eric M. Thompson, Kim J. Burchiel, Ahmed M. Raslan

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Abstract

For confirming the correct location of the radiofrequency electrode before creation of a lesion, percutaneous CTguided trigeminal tractotomy-nucleotomy is most commonly performed with the patient prone and awake. However, for patients whose facial pain and hypersensitivity are so severe that the patients are unable to rest their face on a support (as required with prone positioning), awake CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy might not be feasible. The authors describe 2 such patients, for whom percutaneous intraoperative CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy under general anesthesia was successful. One patient was a 79-year-old man with profound left facial postherpetic neuralgia, who was unable to tolerate awake CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy, and the other was a 45-year-old woman with intractable hemicranial pain that developed after a right frontal lesionectomy for epilepsy. Each patient underwent a percutaneous intraoperative CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy under general anesthesia. No complications occurred, and each patient reported excellent pain relief for up to 6 and 3 months after surgery, respectively. Percutaneous intraoperative CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy performed on anesthetized patients is effective for facial postherpetic neuralgia and postoperative hemicranial neuralgia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE5
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 25 2013

Keywords

  • CT guidance
  • General anesthesia
  • Hemicranial neuralgia
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Tractotomy-nucleotomy
  • Trigeminal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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