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Trigeminal Neuralgia Due to Pontine Infarction

Authors

  • Selcuk Peker MD,

  • Gur Akansel MD,

  • Ibrahim Sun MD,

  • Necmettin M. Pamir MD


  • From Marmara University Medical Faculty, Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey (Drs Peker, Sun, Pamir) and Kocaeli University, Radiology, Izmit, Turkey (Dr Akansel).

Address for all correspondence to Dr. Selcuk Peker, Marmara University Medical Faculty, Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abstract

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is most commonly caused by vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve root entry zone. Secondary trigeminal neuralgia due to ischemic lesion of the pons is very rare. Here we report a patient with a pontine infarct transecting the central trigeminal pathways resulting with trigeminal neuralgia.

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