Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Trigeminal Nerve Pain Evaluation

The evaluation of trigeminal neuralgia begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with trigeminal neuralgia may include:

  • Pain trigger points:
    • Points on the face that when touched, cause pain

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia.

Tests that may be used to evaluate trigeminal neuralgia include:

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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