Facial Pain


Some patients present with one-sided facial pain otherwise called trigeminal neuralgia or tic douloureux.  This is a severe condition and can be intractable.  The cause of the pain is not definitely known however at times a pulsating artery can be seen against a nerve and in those patients a microvascular surgical decompression in the posterior fossa of the brain can relieve these symptoms.  Similarly patients with hemifacial spasms may receive the same benefit from such surgical alternatives.


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