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Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also called tic douloureux, is a chronic pain condition that causes extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like face pain.  The pain seldom lasts more than a few seconds or a minute or two per episode. The intensity of pain can be physically and mentally incapacitating. TN pain is typically felt on one side of the jaw or cheek. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months at a time and then disappear for months or years.  In the days before an episode begins, some patients may experience a tingling or numbing sensation or a somewhat constant and aching pain.  The attacks often worsen over time, with fewer and shorter pain-free periods before they recur.  The intense flashes of pain can be triggered by vibration or contact with the cheek (such as when shaving, washing the face, or applying makeup), brushing teeth, eating, drinking, talking, or being exposed to the wind.  TN occurs most often in people over age 50, but it can occur at any age, and is more common in women than in men.  There is some evidence that the disorder runs in families, perhaps because of an inherited pattern of blood vessel formation. Although sometimes debilitating, the disorder is not life-threatening.
Stanford Cancer Center announces successful treatment of 5,000th patient with CyberKnife system

Stanford Cancer Center announces successful treatment of 5,000th patient with CyberKnife system

AMS enters 10-year contract to supply radiation therapy services at Hospital Santa Paula, Brazil

AMS enters 10-year contract to supply radiation therapy services at Hospital Santa Paula, Brazil

Saint Thomas Health Services to offer program for neurosurgical patients’ better care

Saint Thomas Health Services to offer program for neurosurgical patients’ better care

Study examines impact of microvascular decompression surgery for type 2 diabetes

Study examines impact of microvascular decompression surgery for type 2 diabetes

American Shared Hospital Services second-quarter revenue decreases to $4.16 million

American Shared Hospital Services second-quarter revenue decreases to $4.16 million

Frameless radiosurgery can treat most sensitive regions of brain: Study

Frameless radiosurgery can treat most sensitive regions of brain: Study

Neuros Medical receives $1.5M Applied Research and Technology Development Award from DMRDP

Neuros Medical receives $1.5M Applied Research and Technology Development Award from DMRDP

American Shared Hospital Services first-quarter revenue decreases 2% to $4,088,000

American Shared Hospital Services first-quarter revenue decreases 2% to $4,088,000

Inflamed tissues linked to increased production of protein involved in pain signaling

Inflamed tissues linked to increased production of protein involved in pain signaling

Majority of Pennsylvania women do not seek treatments for chronic pain

Majority of Pennsylvania women do not seek treatments for chronic pain

San Antonio Methodist Hospital upgrades to Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion system

San Antonio Methodist Hospital upgrades to Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion system

UPMC reports 10,000th patient treated using Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife system

UPMC reports 10,000th patient treated using Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife system

American Shared Hospital Services reports financial results for the third quarter of 2009

American Shared Hospital Services reports financial results for the third quarter of 2009

American Shared Hospital Services updates on Todd Cancer Institute's proton therapy center development

American Shared Hospital Services updates on Todd Cancer Institute's proton therapy center development

Banner Good Samaritan treats cancers and neurological disorders with the Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform

Banner Good Samaritan treats cancers and neurological disorders with the Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform

New director appointed at the Saint John’s Neuroscience Institute

New director appointed at the Saint John’s Neuroscience Institute

Transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound for brain disorders a step closer

Transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound for brain disorders a step closer

Discovery of mechanism for dental pain

Discovery of mechanism for dental pain

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UCSF Medical Center advances brain disorder treatment with noninvasive radiosurgery tool

UCSF Medical Center advances brain disorder treatment with noninvasive radiosurgery tool