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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia usually affects people over the age of 50 and is manifested by extremely severe attacks of pain, with lightning-like onset and lasting for seconds, on one side of the face, usually in the area of the upper or lower jaw. The most common cause of trigeminal neuralgia is irritation of the trigeminal nerve by a vascular loop. The pain can be relieved by certain medications. If these medications do not help, improvement can be provided by minimally invasive or surgical procedures.