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, ANEURYSMS, and neoplasms. (Adams et al., Principles of neurology, 6th ed, p187)


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