Predicting pain relief: Use of pre-surgical trigeminal nerve diffusion metrics in trigeminal neuralgia

@inproceedings{Hung2017PredictingPR,
  title={Predicting pain relief: Use of pre-surgical trigeminal nerve diffusion metrics in trigeminal neuralgia},
  author={Peter S.-P. Hung and David Qixiang Chen and Karen D. Davis and Jidan Zhong and Mojgan Hodaie},
  booktitle={NeuroImage: Clinical},
  year={2017}
}
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic neuropathic facial pain disorder that commonly responds to surgery. A proportion of patients, however, do not benefit and suffer ongoing pain. There are currently no imaging tools that permit the prediction of treatment response. To address this paucity, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to determine whether pre-surgical trigeminal nerve microstructural diffusivities can prognosticate response to TN treatment. In 31 TN patients and 16 healthy controls… CONTINUE READING
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