18-31 Segment 2: Trigeminal Neuralgia-Searing Pain in the Face

trigeminal neuralgia


A searing, stabbing pain on one side of the face can be so severe it’s sometimes called “the suicide disease,” and may evade diagnosis for some time. The cause of trigeminal neuralgia is often a throbbing artery in contact with nerves at the base of the brain, and while treatment can be difficult it is often ultimately successful. Two experts discuss diagnosis and treatment.  


  • Dr. Mark McLaughlin, Princeton Brain and Spine, Princeton, NJ
  • Dr. Jeffrey Brown, neurosurgeon, NYU Winthrop Hospital and Director of Medical Board, TNA Facial Pain Organization

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