How I do it: endoscopic microvascular decompression for glossopharyngeal neuralgia

Fuminari Komatsu, Kislay Kishore, Robin Sengupta

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Background: Microvascular decompression (MVD) for glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GPN) is associated with high complication and incomplete cure rates because of its poor ability to visualize neurovascular conflicts. Method: Fully endoscopic MVD for GPN was carried out through a retrosigmoid keyhole approach. Neurovascular conflicts were clearly demonstrated with a loop of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) under a 30° endoscopic view, and no significant cerebellar retraction was observed. The loop of the PICA was safely decompressed and the perforators were preserved while offering an excellent operative view. Conclusion: Endoscopic MVD is a reliable and minimally invasive method for GPN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2833-2835
Number of pages3
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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