Journal of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences

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: 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 169--172

Gamma knife radiosurgery: Making lives merrier for refractory trigeminal neuralgia


Raj Kumar Badam1, Supraja Chowdary1, Sudheer Kanth Kondamari2, Sujan Kumar Kotha3 
1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Panineeya Mahavidyalaya Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Hyderabad, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Mamatha Dental College, Khammam, Telangana, India
3 Department of Orthodontics, MNR Dental College, Sangareddy, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Raj Kumar Badam
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Panineeya Mahavidyalaya Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Kamala Nagar, Dilshuk Nagar, Hyderabad - 500 018, Telangana
India

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also known as tic Dolorex, is a unilateral paroxysmal lancinating pain affecting one or more of the branches of the trigeminal nerve. The treatment of TN can be very challenging despite the numerous options patients and physicians can choose from. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SR) with gamma knife surgery (GKS) is a rapidly emerging surgical modality in the management of medically refractory TN. GKS is the most recent and least invasive neurosurgical treatment alternative to microvascular decompression and rhizotomies. The gamma knife is a complex machine that uses cobalt-60 as energy and is able to focus a precise intersection of 201 beams of these gamma rays to perform radiosurgery. It is associated with a low risk of facial paresthesia, an approximately 80% rate of significant pain relief, and a low recurrence rate.


How to cite this article:
Badam RK, Chowdary S, Kondamari SK, Kotha SK. Gamma knife radiosurgery: Making lives merrier for refractory trigeminal neuralgia.J NTR Univ Health Sci 2016;5:169-172


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Badam RK, Chowdary S, Kondamari SK, Kotha SK. Gamma knife radiosurgery: Making lives merrier for refractory trigeminal neuralgia. J NTR Univ Health Sci [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Sep 23 ];5:169-172
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