What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Symptoms, Causes, Treatments -- Dr. Neil Martin, M.D., FAANS Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA and Director of the Aneurysm and AVM Program, discusses the latest updates in trigeminal neuralgia treatments.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition related to one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve. It is characterized by periodic bursts of intense, unbearable pain. Trigeminal Neuralgia causes include pathological reflexes in the brain, arterial loops or tumors compressing the nerve roots. Its Symptoms include excruciating pain mostly on one side of the face. This pain is rarely experienced on both the sides of the face together.