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Electrical stimulation decreases neuralgic pain after trigeminal deafferentation

Drummond, P.D. and Treleaven-Hassard, S. (2008) Electrical stimulation decreases neuralgic pain after trigeminal deafferentation. Cephalalgia, 28 (7). pp. 782-785.

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Trigeminal nerve activity mediates head pain after cranial injuries, and also contributes to idiopathic syndromes such as cluster headache and trigeminal neuralgia. Nevertheless, chronic facial pain sometimes develops after lesion of the trigeminal nerve. Here we report on a patient who developed dysaesthesia and stabbing pain in her face after the trigeminal ganglion was destroyed. Transcutaneous electrical stimulation within the distribution of trigeminal deafferentation alleviated the anaesthesia dolorosa and neuralgic jabs, suggesting that sensory afferents that bypassed the trigeminal ganglion mediated therapeutic effects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Blackwell
Copyright: Blackwell
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