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Trigeminal Neuralgia Program

KU Trigeminal Neuralgia Program

Trigeminal Neuralgia (also known as tic douloureux) causes a sharp facial pain lasting seconds, usually on one side of the face. It is commonly triggered by chewing, swallowing, talking, or touching of the face. This pain can be quite debilitating. It usually arises from direct pressure from a blood vessel on the trigeminal nerve.  

KU Trigeminal Neuralgia Neurosurgeons take a thorough history and physical to make the diagnosis. Occasionally, other causes, such as arteriovenous malformation, brain tumor, or multiple sclerosis, can lead to trigeminal neuralgia. An MRI is obtained due to the possibility of these other causes.  

Dr. Michael Kinsman, a leader in Trigeminal Neuralgia care, comes to KU with subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery. He focuses a lot of his clinical practice on taking care of patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Treatment often begins with medications. However, for many patients, medications do not fully alleviate symptoms or side effects from medications are intolerable. Neurosurgical Treatments are available:

  • Surgery: Microvascular Decompression
  • Percutaneous Trigeminal Rhizotomy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

The surgery is also often performed for other compressive cranial neuropathies including hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, hypoglossal neuralgia, and others.  

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
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KU Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgeons:

Call 913-588-6122 to make an appointment with one of these doctors.