Microvascular decompression in glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

  title={Microvascular decompression in glossopharyngeal neuralgia.},
  author={Michael J Olds and Charles I Woods and Jeffrey A. Winfield},
  journal={The American journal of otology},
  volume={16 3},
Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a rare and often controversial cause for odynophagia and otalgia. The otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon may be the primary physician called upon to diagnose and treat this entity. In this study, vascular decompression, or more specifically, elimination of contact between the ninth cranial nerve and the posterior inferior cerebellar artery, was employed as treatment in three patients. All achieved relief of their symptoms with this intervention. A review of… CONTINUE READING


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