Jun 30, 2010

Brief report: the long-term outcome of mandibular nerve block with alcohol for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia

Anesthesia and Analgesia
Kyung Ream Han, Chan Kim


Ninety-eight patients received 160 mandibular nerve (V3) blocks with alcohol for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia in this prospective study. According to the Kaplan-Meier analysis, the probabilities of remaining pain free for 1, 2, 3, and 7 years after the procedures were 90.4%, 69%, 53.5%, and 33%, respectively. There was no significant difference in the probability of pain-free duration and complications between patients with repeat versus single V3 block with alcohol. We conclude that single and repeat V3 alcohol block for trigeminal neuralgia can provide long-lasting pain relief.

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Visual Analog Pain Scale
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Radiography, Interventional
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Entire Mandibular Nerve
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