Open microvascular decompression

James Pan, Lily H. Kim, Allen Ho, Eric S. Sussman, Arjun V. Pendharkar, Terence Burns

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Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a neurosurgical procedure used to treat various neuralgias of the cranial nerves. The clinical presentation, natural history, pathophysiology, and medical management of trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and nervus intermedius neuralgia is reviewed. A thorough discussion on the retrosigmoid approach for decompression of cranial nerves is presented, along with newer techniques and controversies on adjuvant therapies and neuromonitoring. The surgical outcomes of MVD are discussed, along with alternative techniques to open MVD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEffective Techniques for Managing Trigeminal Neuralgia
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781522553502
ISBN (Print)1522553495, 9781522553496
StatePublished - May 4 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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