tA 68 year old gentleman from Kolkata presented to our outpatient facility with complaints of left sided facial pain. He has been on medications for trigeminal neuralgia for the past 24 years with little benefit. He had been on and off medications and had also tried alternative medicine. He was not willing to undergo surgery. He was referred here for radiosurgery. He was irradiated with single fraction radiosurgery by cyberknife in July 2013. Less than two months later has 90% relief of pain.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where the patients experience unbearable pain on one side of the face with major debilitation due to pain. These patients are treated with cyberknife radiosurgery so that a large dose is delivered to 2mm of the nerve with extreme precision. The adjacent brainstem can be successfully protected with cyberknife radiosurgery and the pain relief starts within a month.
The patient was under treatment with Dr.Rathna Devi, senior consultant Radiation Oncologist.
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