Long-term outcome of percutaneous balloon compression for trigeminal neuralgia patients elder than 80 years: A STROBE-compliant article
This article evaluates the long-term outcome of percutaneous balloon compression (PBC) for trigeminal neuralgia (TN) patients elder than 80 years. A total of 138 elderly patients aged above 80 years with primary TN, who were admitted to Neurosurgery Department, Hangzhou First People's Hospital from January 2007 to December 2011 for PBC treatment, were retrospectively analyzed in this study. The postoperative cure rate of immediate pain was 98.6% (Barrow Neurological Institute [BNI] classes I, II); according to the follow-up, the pain cure rates at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 years after surgery were 93.5%, 90.4%, 84.7%, 80.4%, and 72.9%, respectively. In our group, postoperative diplopia was reported in 1 case, masticatory muscle weakness in 3 cases, and herpes labialis in 19 cases. A total of 100% of pain-cured patients exhibited facial numbness and facial hypoesthesia. No serious complications occurred in this group of patients. PBC is an effective and safe procedure for TN treatment and can be employed as the preferred regimen for elderly TN patients aged above 80 years in poorer physical condition.