Treatments of glossopharyngeal neuralgia: towards standard procedures

Andrea Franzini, Giuseppe Messina, Angelo Franzini, Marcello Marchetti, Paolo Ferroli, Laura Fariselli, Giovanni Broggi

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The degree of disability due to glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GN) refractory to conservative treatments justifies surgical procedures as second-line treatments. Since the first description of this facial pain disorders, many surgical options have been described either via a percutaneous or an open surgical way. Actually, when a neurovascular conflict on root entry zone (REZ) or cisternal portion of the ninth and tenth cranial nerves is identified, microvascular decompression (MVD) is the first surgical option to consider. Many studies have demonstrated its efficacy and safety for the treatment of GN. Recently, stereotactic radiosurgery has gained space in the treatment of selected cases of GN. We provide an overview of the surgical procedures for the treatment of GN and of our own experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalNeurological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017


  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Microvascular decompression
  • Percutaneous thermorizotomy
  • Radiosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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