The Royal Hos­pi­tal uses novel pro­ce­dure to treat pa­tient with fa­cial pain

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - The Royal Hos­pi­tal, rep­re­sented by the Pain Clinic, re­cently per­formed, for the first time in the sul­tanate, the ra­diofre­quency in­ter­ven­tion pro­ce­dure to treat trigem­i­nal neu­ral­gia on a 65 year old lady.

The pa­tient was suf­fer­ing from right-sided in­tractable fa­cial pain, stated a press re­lease.

Trigem­i­nal neu­ral­gia is a con­di­tion which causes in­tense and ex­treme episodes of pain in the face. The episodes are of­ten like ‘elec­tric shocks’, last­ing from a few sec­onds to sev­eral min­utes. Aged fe­males are the main suf­fer­ers but it can oc­cur in any­one. Most of the time, the cause is iden­ti­fied near the brain. It is thought to be caused by com­pres­sion of the trigem­i­nal nerve by a loop of artery or vein. De­spite many oral med­i­ca­tions, this type of pain of­ten con­tin­ues for months and years.

Ra­diofre­quency in­ter­ven­tion is one of the best op­tions with good sci­en­tific ba­sis to treat trigem­i­nal neu­ral­gia. Most of the time, it is a day-care pro­ce­dure. Side ef­fects or com­pli­ca­tions are min­i­mal. Pain relief usu­ally lasts for a long time, though it varies in in­di­vid­ual pa­tients.

The pa­tient con­firmed, af­ter two weeks, that the pain was re­duced by 70 per cent and her qual­ity of life re­mark­ably im­proved.

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