The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has designated August as Neurosurgery Awareness Month. Every year, this prestigious organization chooses a particular focus to highlight within the field. This year, the AANS has chosen to shed some light on trigeminal neuralgia (TN), a rare disorder that causes pain in certain areas of the face and head due to an issue with the trigeminal nerve.
In honor of this Neurosurgery Awareness Month, here are some interesting facts and statistics about TN:
– A brain lesion or other deformity
– Compression of the nerve by a blood vessel or tumor
– Damage to the nerve from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD)
-Disorders that damage the myelin sheath—the protective coating around certain nerves—such as multiple sclerosis or Sjogren’s syndrome
– Facial trauma
– Injury from surgery
– Pain from TN can be triggered by a number of things, including:
– Brushing teeth
– Exposure to cold, heat or a swift breeze
– Microvascular decompression (MVD)
– Stereotactic radiosurgery
– The Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group
By raising awareness and supporting one another, a cure for this debilitating condition may be on the horizon someday.