Other Names for this Disease
- Tic Douloureux
Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face. The pain may result from a blood vessel pressing against the trigeminal nerve (the nerve that carries pain, feeling, and other sensations from the brain to the skin of the face), as a complication of multiple sclerosis, or due to compression of the nerve by a tumor. In some cases, the cause is unknown. Treatment options include medicines, surgery, and complementary approaches.
- Dugdale DC, Hoch DB. Trigeminal neuralgia. MedlinePlus. 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000742.htm. Accessed 9/13/2010.
- Trigeminal Neuralgia Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/trigeminal_neuralgia/detail_trigeminal_neuralgia.htm. Accessed 9/13/2010.
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