Long-term follow-up of trigeminal neuralgia treatment using a linear accelerator

Gregory J. Kubicek, Walter A. Hall, James B Orner, Bruce J Gerbi, Kathryn E Dusenbery

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While most of the studies examining radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia have used a Gamma Knife, a linear accelerator can also be utilized for treatment. We report on 20 patients with trigeminal neuralgia who received 23 treatments with a linear accelerator that delivered a maximum dose of 82.3-100 Gy. The median patient follow-up was 56.5 months, 70% of patients had received previous surgical treatment and 20% had secondary (nonessential) trigeminal neuralgia. Eight (35%) radiosurgery treatments resulted in complete pain relief; 5 (63%) patients with initial pain relief had pain recurrence at a mean time of 21.5 months. Ten (43%) patients reported a 50% or more decrease in pain severity but have not achieved a pain-free state. A total of 18 (78%) treatments resulted in no pain or a 50% or greater improvement in pain. Five treatments (22%) resulted in less than 50% improvement in pain. We conclude that linear accelerator stereotactic radiosurgery is a viable treatment option for trigeminal neuralgia patients, especially for patients who have not had a previous invasive treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-249
Number of pages6
JournalStereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004


  • Linear accelerator
  • Radiosurgery
  • Trigeminal nerve
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

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