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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.
Varian Medical Systems receives FDA clearance for new radiosurgery device

Varian Medical Systems receives FDA clearance for new radiosurgery device

Effective noninvasive treatment option for trigeminal neuralgia-related pain

Effective noninvasive treatment option for trigeminal neuralgia-related pain

Obtaining and documenting informed patient consent prior to surgery

Obtaining and documenting informed patient consent prior to surgery

Computer program lets people with Trigeminal neuralgia diagnose themselves

Computer program lets people with Trigeminal neuralgia diagnose themselves

Botox injections relieve severe facial pain

Botox injections relieve severe facial pain

Botulinum toxin successfully treats trigeminal neuralgia

Botulinum toxin successfully treats trigeminal neuralgia

Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery (GKRS) is an effective treatment for trigeminal neuralgia

Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery (GKRS) is an effective treatment for trigeminal neuralgia