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Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2010 Jul;1(2):179-82. doi: 10.4103/0975-5950.79226.

Trigeminal neuralgia involving supraorbital and infraorbital nerves.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Modern Dental College, Indore, India.


Supraorbital neuralgia is a rare disorder accounting for 4% of incidence with hallmark of localized pain in or above the eyebrow, clinically characterized by the following triad: (1) forehead pain in the area supplied by the supraorbital nerve, (2) tenderness on either the supraorbital notch and (3) absolute, but transitory relief of symptoms upon supraorbital nerve blockade. The pain presents with a chronic or intermittent pattern. The persistence of protracted unilateral forehead/occular pain, tenderness over the nerve and repeated blockade effect strongly suggest the diagnosis. Surgical treatment can be used when the medical treatment fails or in patients who do not tolerate the pharmacological treatment.


Incidence; management; pain; supraorbital neuralgia

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