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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 92-97

Comparative study between effects of conventionaland pulsed radiofrequency in the treatment of idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia


Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Shebin Alkom, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Alaa Eldin A Ibrahim Elsakka
Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Gamal Abdel Nasser Street, Shebin Alkom
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_653_16

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Objectives The aim of this study was tocompare the effects of conventional radiofrequency(CRF) versus pulsed radiofrequency(PRF) in the treatment of idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia pain. Background The treatment of idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia(ITN) is often a challenge in clinical practice. Nowadays, radiofrequency(RF) is one of the most effective options for treatment. Patients and methods A comparative study was carried out in Menoufia and Zagazig university hospitals. Overall, 40 adult patients suffering from ITN were randomly assigned to two groups(20 in each). The CRF group was treated with CRF and the PRF group was treated with PRF. Results There were significant improvements in both groups as regards Visual Analog Score and Patient Satisfaction Score, which was higher in the CRF group at 6months of follow-up. The possibility of repeating RF was higher in the PRF group than in the CRF group. Conclusion Both CRF and PRF are effective in relieving pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia. PRF appears to be a relatively safe and effective procedure in the treatment of persistent pain of ITN in a shorter duration compared with CRF.


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