UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Trigeminal Neuralgia

Medline NLM term definition: A syndrome characterized by recurrent episodes of excruciating pain lasting several seconds or longer in the sensory distribution of the trigeminal nerve. Pain may be initiated by stimulation of trigger points on the face, lips, or gums or by movement of facial muscles or chewing.  Associated conditions include MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, vascular anomalies, ANEURSYMS, and neoplasms.

Trigeminal neuralgia: information from the NHS website

Trigeminal Neuralgia: information from Patient UK website

Trigeminal Neuralgia: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke information (US site)

Trigeminal Neuralgia: information from NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (US site)

PubMed Medline search on Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Support Groups

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK
The aims of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK are to provide information and offer support to members, and to raise awareness of TN amongst medical professionals as well as the general public.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.