Abducens nerve palsy after radiofrequency rhizolysis for trigeminal neuralgia: Case report

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Abstract

  • OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: Abducens nerve palsy is a rare and reversible complication associated with percutaneous radiofrequency trigeminal rhizolysis. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: An 86-year-old man developed an abducens nerve palsy immediately after undergoing percutaneous radiofrequency trigeminal rhizolysis for severe trigeminal neuralgia involving all three divisions of the trigeminal nerve. The palsy resolved spontaneously after 2 months. CONCLUSION: This case, in combination with previous reports, suggests that cases of transient sixth nerve palsy associated with percutaneous radiofrequency trigeminal rhizolysis for trigeminal neuralgia are more likely to occur in elderly patients with ophthalmic division involvement.
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  • Neurosurgery  Journal
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    Author List

  • Harrigan MR; Chandler WF
  • Start Page

  • 623
  • End Page

  • 625
  • Volume

  • 43
  • Issue

  • 3