Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Peter J. Jannetta
OUP USA, Nov 18, 2010 - Medical - 254 pages
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Peter J. Jannetta, the neurosurgeon/neuroscientist who has contributed so much to the evaluation and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial nerve disorders brings together the most distinguished contributors in Trigeminal Neuralgia. This seminal work collates and categorizes in one succinct volume what we understand about the various forms of face pain syndromes. By providing information on former beliefs, as well as current understanding, this book provides multiple options regarding diagnosis, medical treatment and operative intervention which will help decision making, develop knowledge and improve care of patients. Irigeminal Neuralgia begins with an Introduction explaining where we were and what role those ideas have played in current thinking, all with the goal of giving the reader a basis for future thought. With each subsequent chapter - written by basic scientists and astute clinicians working in the area of facial pain - enigmas are clarified, solutions of apparently untreatable problems are presented, and a better understanding of how diagnoses and pathophysiology are evolving are presented. This is a must read for all who would learn about neurogenic facial pain.

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1 History of Trigeminal Neuralgia
2 Anatomy and Physiology
3 Typical and Atypical Symptoms
The Dentists Perspective
5 Face Pain in the Front Lines
6 Current Medical Therapy
7 Differential Diagnosis Lookalike Diseases Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia
8 The Evaluation of the Preoperative Patient
10 Percutaneous Stereotactic Rhizotomy
11 Glycerol Rhizotomy
12 Percutaneous Balloon Compression
13 Stereotactic Radiosurgery
14 Microvascular Decompression
15 Endoscopic Vascular Decompression
16 Future Medical Therapy


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Peter J. Jannetta, MD is a world-renowned neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of cranial nerve disorders. He is former Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he served for 29 years. He is currently Professor of Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital. He is recognized foremost for his groundbreaking research into the pathology and treatment of cranial nerve compression syndromes such as the development of a microvascular decompression procedure that now offers patients an effective therapeutic alternative when medications fail when confronted with these syndromes. This procedure is now called the "Jannetta Procedure."

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