It worked. I'm pain free. Cindy Esch thought the pain in her lower jaw was a bad toothache. After a root canal failed to stop it, the Bay City resident learned she had trigeminal neuralgia, also known as TN. I found out it used to be called the suicide disease. People would kill themselves rather than live with it.
Gamma Knife surgery for facial nerve schwannomas.
Gamma Knife Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment | Neurosurgery | University of Pittsburgh
Research by Beaumont Health System radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons found that symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, or TN, a nerve disorder causing severe facial pain, were reduced in those treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery. The results were published in the February issue of the journal Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. TN is a disorder of the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for feeling in the face. In most cases, the facial pain is caused by a blood vessel pressing on the nerve. It is believed that TN is caused by deterioration of the protective covering of the trigeminal nerve. It sends more than beams of gamma radiation, while the low intensity of the individual beams avoids causing damage to the surrounding tissues.
When Medication Quit Working, Gamma Knife Stopped Her Facial Nerve Pain
To assess the long-term risk of facial nerve dysfunction after unilateral acoustic tumor stereotactic radiosurgery, we retrospectively analyzed our initial experience in 98 unilateral acoustic tumor patients who were evaluated at least 2 years after treatment. This observation interval permits an analysis of both the risk of onset and the potential for recovery of facial nerve function. The overall risk of developing any degree of delayed transient or permanent postoperative facial neuropathy was Only one patient undergoing radiosurgery alone had poor residual facial nerve dysfunction worse than House-Brackmann grade III.
I ntracranial schwannomas are generally slow-growing benign tumors that arise from Schwann cells of the nerve sheath. The most frequent schwannomas are vestibular schwannomas that originate from the eighth cranial nerve, whereas facial nerve schwannomas FNSs are rare tumors that can occur in any segment of the facial nerve. Diagnosis of FNSs is sometimes difficult, particularly in those confined to the cerebellopontine angle CPA and intracanalicular portion, because patients often present with the same symptoms as those with vestibular schwannoma, such as hearing disturbance, tinnitus, or vertigo. The treatment strategy for FNSs remains controversial and includes surveillance, resection, and radiation therapy. Although these benign tumors are certainly curable with total tumor resection, complete resection without any complications is nearly impossible, even for highly experienced surgeons.