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Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia: Introduction

Trigeminal neuralgia: Trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve (the 5th cranial nerve), one of the ... more about Trigeminal neuralgia.

Trigeminal neuralgia: Trigeminal neuralgia is a very painful inflammation of the nerve (trigeminal nerve) that delivers sensations to the face and "surface" of the eye. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Trigeminal neuralgia is available below.

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Causes of Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Benign tumor of the meninges
  • Facial nerve tumor
  • Enlarged blood vessels
  • Often, no cause can be found. However, areas of brain swelling or abnormal blood vessels (arteriovenous malformations) can cause it
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Prognosis for Trigeminal neuralgia

Prognosis for Trigeminal neuralgia: The disorder is characterized by recurrences and remissions, and successive recurrences may incapacitate the patient. Due to the intensity of the pain, even the fear of an impending attack may prevent activity. Trigeminal neuralgia is not fatal.

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NINDS Trigeminal Neuralgia Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve (the 5th cranial nerve), one of the largest nerves in the head. The trigeminal nerve is responsible for sending impulses of touch, pain, pressure, and temperature to the brain from the face, jaw, gums, forehead, and around the eyes. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Trigeminal Neuralgia Information Page: NINDS)

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

Trigeminal neuralgia, or tic douloureux, results from a disorder of the trigeminal nerve. This nerve supplies the face, teeth, mouth, and nasal cavity with feeling and also enables the mouth muscles to chew. Symptoms are headache and intense facial pain that comes in short, excruciating jabs set off by the slightest touch to or movement of trigger points in the face or mouth. People with trigeminal neuralgia often fear brushing their teeth or chewing on the side of the mouth that is affected. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Definitions of Trigeminal neuralgia:

Syndrome characterized by recurrent episodes of excruciating pain lasting several seconds or longer in the sensory distribution of the trigeminal nerve. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Intense paroxysmal neuralgia along the trigeminal nerve - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Trigeminal neuralgia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Trigeminal neuralgia, or a subtype of Trigeminal neuralgia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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