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RESEARCH SUPPORT, U.S. GOV'T, P.H.S.
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The cranial nerve vascular compression syndrome: I. A review of treatment.

The author reviews current literature on microvascular decompression (MVD) for treatment of hemifacial spasm (HFS) and trigeminal neuralgia (TN), which shows that MVD is an effective treatment for these disorders. Although there are treatments for TN other than MVD that demonstrate a high rate of success, MVD is the only effective long-term treatment for HFS. MVD is also an effective treatment for glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GPN), and recently MVD has been shown to be an effective treatment for particular types of vertigo (disabling positional vertigo, DPV) and certain types of tinnitus.

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