Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal Neuralgia (also known as tic doloureux or prosopalgia) is a neuropathic disorder of the
Trigeminal Nerve that causes episodes of intense, sudden shock-like  pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp,
forehead and jaw.

The pain usually lasts for a few seconds, but there can be many bursts of pain in quick succession.

It is estimated that 1 in 15,000 people suffer from
Trigeminal Neuralgia, although those numbers may be significantly
higher due to frequent mis-diagnosis.

Trigeminal Neuralgia usually develops after the age of 50, more commonly in females, although there have been
cases with patients being as young as three years of age.
Last Updated 27th October 2016

Useful Websites:

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK

Patient UK

NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries - Information for Patients

NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries

National Institute of Clinical Excellence




Useful Articles:

Royal London Oral Medicine Dept Trigeminal Neuralgia Leaflet

AAN-EFNS Guidelines on Trigeminal Neuralgia Management

e-J Dent 2011.  Drug Therapy for Trigeminal Neuralgia

EYAP 2013.   Patient Leaflet.  Trigeminal Neuralgia

BMJ 2015.  Summaries of BMJ Clinical Evidence.  Trigeminal Neuralgia

Dent Update 2016.  Pain Part 7.  Trigeminal Neuralgia

Dental Update 2019.  Trigeminal Neuralgia

BMJ Podcast about Trigeminal Neuralgia