By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pain & Central Nervous System Week -- Investigators publish new report on Anesthesia. According to news reporting from Portland, Oregon, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "For confirming the correct location of the radiofrequency electrode before creation of a lesion, percutaneous CT-guided trigeminal tractotomy-nucleotomy is most commonly performed with the patient prone and awake. However, for patients whose facial pain and hypersensitivity are so severe that the patients are unable to rest their face on a support (as required with prone positioning), awake CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy might not be feasible."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Oregon Health and Science University, "The authors describe 2 such patients, for whom percutaneous intraoperative CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy under general anesthesia was successful. One patient was a 79-year-old man with profound left facial postherpetic neuralgia, who was unable to tolerate awake CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy, and the other was a 45-year-old woman with intractable hemicranial pain that developed after a right frontal lesionectomy for epilepsy. Each patient underwent a percutaneous intraoperative CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy under general anesthesia. No complications occurred, and each patient reported excellent pain relief for up to 6 and 3 months after surgery, respectively."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Percutaneous intraoperative CT-guided tractotomy-nucleotomy performed on anesthetized patients is effective for facial postherpetic neuralgia and postoperative hemicranial neuralgia."
For more information on this research see: Percutaneous trigeminal tractotomy-nucleotomy with use of intraoperative computed tomography and general anesthesia: report of 2 cases. Neurosurgical Focus, 2013;35(3):23-26. Neurosurgical Focus can be contacted at: Amer Assoc Neurological Surgeons, 5550 Meadowbrook Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, USA (see also Anesthesia).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E.M. Thompson, Oregon Health Sciences University, Dept. of Neurol Surg, Portland, OR 97239, United States. Additional authors for this research include K.J. Burchiel and A.M. Raslan.
Keywords for this news article include: Oregon, Portland, Anesthesia, United States, Pain Medicine, Imaging Technology, Computed Tomography, North and Central America
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