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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Painful disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal nerve)

Extreme and excruciating facal pain.

Pain is stimulated by pressure and temperature.

 

ASSESSMENT

  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Facial Pain
  • Increased lacrimation

TREATMENT

  • Anticonvulsants (Tegretol)
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)

Medications:

  • Prednisone
  • Antivirals

* watch out for gingival hyperplasia, hypotension

Surgical Intervention

  • Severing of the sensory root in the nerve.

 

 

Bells Palsy (Facial Paralysis)

  • A paralysis that usually occurs in one side of the face.
  • There is an inflammation in the seventh (facial) nerve.

* Affects the facial Nerve (Cranial nerve VII)

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