Microvascular decompression for glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

  title={Microvascular decompression for glossopharyngeal neuralgia.},
  author={Daniel K. Resnick and Peter J. Jannetta and D J Bissonnette and H. D. Jho and Giuseppe Lanzino},
  volume={36 1},
  pages={64-8; discussion 68-9}
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is an uncommon cause of facial pain with a relative frequency of 0.2 to 1.3% when compared with trigeminal neuralgia. It is characterized by intermittent, lancinating pain involving the posterior tongue and pharynx, often with radiation to deep ear structures. Since its first description in 1910 by Weisenburg, a variety of destructive procedures have been performed to provide relief in patients whose pain was refractory to medical treatment. These procedures all… CONTINUE READING