One hundred and forty-six patients with trigeminal neuralgia were studied. Of 49 patients ultimately maintained pain-free by non-medical means, 26 underwent peripheral neurectomy. Twenty of these achieved excellent pain control in the longer term and 5 of the remaining 6 became more responsive to carbamazepine after operation. Seven patients required repeat neurectomies. Peripheral neurectomy is a useful and simple method of pain control in trigeminal neuralgia.
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