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Research Article

Low Vitamin B12 Syndrome in Trigeminal Neuralgia

Arun Aggarwal1* and Irene Wood2
1Neurologist and Pain Specialist, Pain Management Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW, Australia
2President, Founder, Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, Australia, Castle Hill, NSW, Australia
Corresponding Author : Arun Aggarwal
Associate Professor
Pain Management Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Camperdown, NSW, Australia
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Received April 10, 2012; Accepted June 21, 2012; Published June 25, 2012
Citation: Aggarwal A, Wood I (2012) Low Vitamin B12 Syndrome in Trigeminal Neuralgia. J Pain Relief 1:109. doi: 10.4172/2167-0846.1000109
Copyright: © 2012 Aggarwal A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux) is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed - lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines trigeminal neuralgia as a sudden, usually unilateral, severe, brief, stabbing, recurrent pain in the distribution of one or more branches of the fifth cranial nerve. Typically, brief attacks of pain are triggered by talking, chewing, brushing teeth, and shaving, applying make-up or even a slight breeze. Generally, it is a clinical diagnosis, although imaging may be necessary to exclude other pathology.