The Value of Cryosurgery in the Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia: a Systematic Review

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title The Value of Cryosurgery in the Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia: a Systematic Review
Author(s) Lindström, Martin ; Thuring, Niklas
Date 2012
English abstract
The aim of this study was to evaluate the evidence for pain relief and adverse effects following cryosurgery in the treatment of patients with trigeminal neuralgia through a systematic review. A praxis investigation was carried out in order to establish how common this treatment is among 44 Oral and Maxillofacial clinics in Sweden. The systematic review was conducted according to Goodman’s systematic approach. The search for literature was conducted in Medline, The Web of Science and the Cochrane Database. Out of 45 retrieved studies, six met the pre-determined inclusion criteria. The reported duration of pain relief following cryosurgery varied in a wide range (from zero days to four years). No conclusions regarding the pain relief could be drawn from the included studies. The reported adverse effects following cryosurgery was minor and consisted of temporary sensory loss, migration of pain to another division of the trigeminal nerve and small oedema. Five clinics that currently use a cryosurgical treatment in the management of trigeminal neuralgia were identified.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Odontologiska fakulteten
Pages 22
Language eng (iso)
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14392 (link to this page)

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