Trigeminal nucleotomy is a relatively simple, straightforward stereotactic procedure, acting at the deafferentation site, i.e., at the nucleus caudalis. Patients were operated on in a seated position, by a posterior suboccipital approach. Out of a series of 196 patients, 143 underwent trigeminal nucleotomy for deafferentation. Clinical diagnoses were 52 cases of postherpetic pain dysesthesia, 35 of anesthesia dolorosa, 46 of dysesthetic state with superimposed tic-like sequelae of trigeminal surgery performed elsewhere and 9 of posttraumatic neuropathy. Abolition of allo-dynia or marked reduction in, or disappearance of deep background pain was achieved in 72.0% of the cases overall. Results are analyzed for each clinical category. There were no side effects of any kind. Follow-up ranged from 4 to 17 years. This seems to be the procedure of choice for deafferentation facial pain.

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