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Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1987 Aug;16(4):408-15.

Trigeminal somatosensory evoked potentials. A review of the literature as applicable to oral dysaesthesias.

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  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery, University Dental Hospital of Manchester.


Oro-facial sensory impairment is a common event following third molar extractions, osteotomies and maxillo-facial trauma. Trigeminal somatosensory-evoked potentials (TSEPs) may offer an objective means of assessing neuronal function in such cases. TSEPs may be recorded non-invasively in man following peripheral stimulation of the trigeminal nerve, the principal nerve of oro-facial sensation. TSEP recording has gained popularity over the last decade and it is thus timely to review experimental methods and proven clinical applications in the light of recent interest in this technique within oral and maxillo-facial surgery.

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