Squire SE, Chan MD, Furr RM, Lowell DA, Tatter SB, Ellis TL, Bourland JD, Deguzman AF, Munley MT, Ekstrand KE, Shaw EG, McMullen KP.
SourceDepartment of Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., USA.
AbstractBackground: Intracranial neoplasms can cause pain similar to trigeminal neuralgia. Literature regarding radiosurgery for this is limited. We present a retrospective review of patients with tumor-related facial pain from benign lesions treated with gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) at Wake Forest University. Objectives: The primary objectives were to determine long-term pain relief and predictive factors for pain alleviation. Methods: We reviewed 515 patients treated with GKRS for benign meningioma, vestibular schwannoma or trigeminal schwannoma between August 1999 and August 2010. Twenty-one eligible patients had tumor-related facial pain prior to GKRS.