CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2018; 79(S 05): S428-S430
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1669968
Skull Base: Operative Videos
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Microsurgical Decompression of Trigeminal Neuralgia Caused by Simultaneous Double Arterial (SCA and AICA) and Petrosal Vein Complex Compression

Domagoj Gajski
1  Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Center Sestre Milosrdnice, Zagreb, Croatia
2  Department of Anatomy and Physiology, University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia
3  School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Alicia R. Dennis
4  Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Kenan I. Arnautović
4  Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
5  Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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23 April 2018

12 August 2018

Publication Date:
25 September 2018 (online)


Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder affecting the face. In approximately 80% of cases, it is most commonly caused, when the root entry zone (REZ) of the trigeminal nerve is compressed by the superior cerebellar artery (SCA). The etiology of the remaining 20% of cases is distributed among venous, arteriovenous malformations, posterior fossa tumors, multiple sclerosis plaque compressions, and other pathologies. Combinations of those compressive factors are very rare.[1] [2] [3] [4] Herein, we present a video clip of microvascular decompression (MVD) in a 73-year-old female, who has failed conservative treatment with 6 medications over 10 years. She was affected by a unique triple compression of the right REZ by the SCA, anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA), and petrosal vein complex ([Fig. 1A]). Right-sided microsurgical decompression of the REZ of the trigeminal nerve through standard retrosigmoid craniotomy was performed by the senior author (K.I.A.). The SCA and AICA were separated from the nerve using Teflon pledgets. The petrosal vein complex was coagulated and divided, freeing up the right trigeminal nerve ([Fig. 1B]). The patient was discharged home on the third postoperative day with complete resolution of trigeminal neuralgia.

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