In many cases, trigeminal neuralgia is caused by compression of the facial nerve most commonly by the superior cerebellar artery or the anterior inferior cerebellar artery, although trigeminal neuralgia can be due to compression by a persistent permanent trigeminal artery or odioectatic basilar artery. Other causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia can include demyelinating disease (such as multiple sclerosis) and tumor. In some cases, the cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is unknown.
Other diseases that can cause facial pain include dental abscess, tumor, herpes zoster, or temporal arteritis (inflammation of the blood vessels).
There are several treatment options for Trigeminal Neuralgia. They can include medications such as Tegretol, Baclofen, and Gabapentin. If medication fails to improve symptoms or if medication side effects are not tolerated, additional treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia are available at Swedish Neuroscience Institute including radiosurgery and microvascular decompression. Patients experiencing symptoms should be evaluated by their physician for a treatment plan.
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