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Rare vascular complication of percutaneous balloon compression of trigeminal neuralgia treated endovascularly
  1. T Niu1,
  2. J S Kalia1,
  3. O O Zaidat1,2,3
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  3. 3Department of Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr O O Zaidat, Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital West, 9200 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA; szaidat{at}mcw.edu

Abstract

Trigeminal neuralgia is commonly treated with percutaneous balloon compression due to the high success rate, technical simplicity and cost efficiency.1–3 The procedure carries certain risks, most notably dysesthesias and masseter muscle weakness.4 5 However, more severe complications are rare. In this report, the case of a rare complication of percutaneous balloon compression for trigeminal neuralgia is presented, resulting in a carotid cavernous fistula treated via an endovascular approach.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the institutional review board, Medical College of Wisconsin.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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