The purpose of this paper is to report the experience of the authors regarding the treatment of the primitive and secondary facial pains by Percutaneous Selective Thermorizotomy (P.S.T.), 180 patients having been treated in a period of two years. The immediate postoperative control obtained 156 good results (86,6%), 10 medium results (5,5%) and 14 (7,7%) unsuccessful. The failure of the P.S.T. in the treatment of the post-zosterian neuralgias, in the atypical and in the vascular pains is stated. The P.S.T. appears resolutive in the 'tic doloreux' and secondary painful syndromes. A follow up was performed (4 months-2 years) on 94 patients, and a good result was found in 64,2%. The shortage of the postoperative not expected collateral effects is also stated. The causes of unsuccessful and poor results (a mistake in the choice of the patient or a technical mistake) are discussed. Finally suggested is the making of a careful personal evaluation of the patient presenting for operation, in order to reduce the poor results and therefore improve the successful ones.
|Translated title of the contribution||Percutaneous selective thermorhizotomy in surgical treatment of facial pain. Personal observations on 180 cases|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Rivista di Neurologia|
|Publication status||Published - 1980|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology