Gamma Knife helps patients with painful facial nerve disorder

Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia (TN) were reduced in those treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery, a team of radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons have found. 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. Gamma Knife is a nonsurgical technique that precisely delivers a high dose of radiation to a targeted area. It appears to reduce pain for the patients that …read more

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