Role of microvascular decompression in trigeminal neuralgia and multiple sclerosis

Lancet. 1999 Nov 27;354(9193):1878-9. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(99)94422-7.


An excellent outcome after microvascular decompression for medically intractable trigeminal neuralgia in patients with multiple sclerosis is reported in seven of 15 cases. A dual cause could be hypothesised in some patients with multiple sclerosis and trigeminal neuralgia, and that microvascular decompression can be a therapeutic option.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Decompression, Surgical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microcirculation
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Sclerosis / complications*
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia / etiology
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia / surgery*
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures*