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What causes Trigeminal Neuralgia?

McLaughlin Scrubs SmallMark R. McLaughlin, MD, FACS, FAANS

Trigeminal Neuralgia is an often painful and debilitating condition. Dr. Mark McLaughlin is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition. In this video he explains the causes.


Trigeminal Neuralgia is caused by an irritation of the 5th cranial nerve. The trigeminal nerve is numbered the 5th of 12 delicate nerves that branch off the base of the brain.

The condition may be a part of the aging process, but in some cases it is associated with multiple sclerosis or other disorders that may damage the myelin covering of the nerve.

More common causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia are blood vessels pressing on the trigeminal nerve, and growths or lesions at the base of the skull.

Princeton Brain & Spine Care surgeon Mark McLaughlin, M.D. trained with Peter Jannetta, M.D., the "father" of modern microvascular decompression surgery for trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and other cranial nerve rhizopathies. Dr. McLaughlin worked closely with Dr. Jannetta in the ongoing research, and was the lead author of the paper "Microvascular decompression of cranial nerves: lessons learned after 4400 operations" published in the Journal of Neurosurgery in January 1999. On PUBMED

Dr Mark McLaughlin Video Trigemenal and Occipital Neuralgia

LastUpdate: 2018-03-31 18:25:45


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