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Trigeminal Neuralgia is a painful, debilitating condition of the brain. Dr. McLaughlin completed training with Dr. Peter Jannetta, the innovator of the Jannetta Procedure for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Dr. McLaughlin is uniquely qualified in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as "Tic Douloureux" is a chronic pain condition characterized by recurring episodes of extreme lancinating, sudden burning, or electric shock like facial pain. The pain typically involves the lower face and jaw although sometimes it affects the area around the nose or above the eye.
In almost all cases, the pain is felt on one side of the face. Although the pain seldom lasts more than a few seconds, (or a minute or two) per episode, the intensity can me mentally and physically incapacitating.
Trigeminal neuralgia most often affects people over the age of 50, however it can occur at any age. Trigeminal neuralgia is more common in women than in men, although the reason for this is unknown. There is some evidence that the condition may be inherited, possibly due to an inherited pattern of blood vessel formation.
The attacks can be triggered by vibration or by contact with the cheek, such as occurs with shaving, brushing teeth, eating, drinking, talking, or even the result of exposure to wind.
The attacks often worsen over time, with fewer and shorter pain-free periods between episodes. Some patients experience a tingling or numbing sensation in the days preceeding an attack.
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
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