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Botulinum Toxin for Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Arunmozhimaran Elavarasi
  • Vinay Goyal
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Abstract

The American Academy of Neurology and the European Federation of Neurological Societies (AAN/EFNS) guidelines for the management of trigeminal neuralgia (TGN) suggest anticonvulsant medications as first line therapy; the surgical options utilized drug-refractory cases [1]. However, many patients are refractory to drugs, and surgical treatment may not be feasible owing to associated comorbid illnesses. Interventional procedures on the peripheral trigeminal nerve or on the Gasserian ganglion may not always be possible because of the unavailability of skilled practitioners. Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is a promising mode of treatment, which can help such patients and provide pain relief.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arunmozhimaran Elavarasi
    • 1
  • Vinay Goyal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER)PuducherryIndia
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyNeurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)New DelhiIndia

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