[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]From Nursing Spectrum:
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Microvascular decompression eliminates contact between the trigeminal nerve and the nearby blood vessel through surgical insertion of a small prosthesis. Illustration by David Peace, Department of Neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Doris, a 67-year-old patient, hardly talks anymore: That's because the simple act of speaking causes knifelike pain to her face. Over-the-counter analgesics offer no relief. Almost as bad, the pain-plus the isolation Doris feels because she so rarely communicates-is causing depression.