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Korean J Pain. 2013 Apr;26(2):177-80. doi: 10.3344/kjp.2013.26.2.177. Epub 2013 Apr 3.

Secondary trigeminal neuralgia caused by pharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma - a case report -.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is characterized by recurrent paroxysms of unilateral facial pain that typically is severe, lancinating, and activated with cutaneous stimulation. There are two types of TN, classical TN and atypical TN. The pain nature of classical TN are the same as those described above, whereas atypical TN is characterized by constant, burning pain. We describe the case of a 49-year-old male presenting with right-sided facial pain. The patient was diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder at a dental clinic and was on medical treatment, but his symptoms worsened gradually. He was referred to our pain clinic for further evaluation. Radiologic evaluation, including MRI, showed a parapharyngeal tumor. For the relief of TN, a right mandibular nerve (V3) root block was performed at our pain clinic, and then he was scheduled for radiation and chemotherapy.


parapharyngeal tumor; trigeminal neuralgia; trigeminal neuritis

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