CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 324 - Trigeminal Neuralgia, Neuropathy and Autonomic Cephalalgia

Neuropathic pains in the trigeminal region, including trigeminal neuralgia (TN) and painful post-traumatic neuropathy (PPTN) are often misdiagnosed and undertreated. Dentists’ ability to distinguish neuropathic pain conditions from the more familiar inflammatory pain conditions affecting the face and mouth is often insufficient, and it is not uncommon that patients undergo various dental treatments before receiving a correct diagnosis. In addition, headaches known as trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TACs) often present with a variety of orofacial symptoms that may be difficult for the dental clinician to recognize and interpret. Growing knowledge about these conditions resulting from recent years’ research has provided us with better understanding and new and promising opportunities for diagnostics and successful management.

This symposium will describe the characteristics and mechanisms of the most prevalent trigeminal somatosensory and autonomic pain conditions, and cover differential diagnostic aspects as well as possible treatment strategies today and for the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will recognize the key physiological and psychological features of trigeminal neuralgia and understand current management strategies
  • Attendees will learn about the characteristics of and mechanisms behind different types of trigeminal neuropathic pain, and the diverse principles for management
  • Attendees will learn about mechanisms, clinical features and orofacial presentation of trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia