Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal Neuralgia (also known as tic doloureux or
prosopalgia) is a neuropathic disorder of the Trigeminal
that causes episodes of intense, sudden
shock-like  pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead
and jaw.

The pain usually lasts for a few seconds, but there can be
many bursts of pain in quick succession.

It is estimated that 1 in 15,000 people suffer from
, although those numbers may be significantly
higher due to frequent mis-diagnosis.

Trigeminal Neuralgia usually develops after the age of 50,
more commonly in females, although there have been cases
with patients being as young as three years of age.

This topic is covered by many good websites, some of which
are listed below.

Useful Websites:

Royal London Oral Medicine Dept Trigeminal Neuralgia Leaflet

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK

Patient UK

NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries - Information for Patients


Last Updated 11th August 2010