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A 29-year-old female asked:

Is there a likely correlation between glossopharegial neuralgia and trigeminal neuragia?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 36 years experience
Aberrant vessels: Both trigeminal neuralgia and glossopharygeal neuralgia are related in that they are usually caused by a prominent or tortuous vessel coming off the vertebro-basilar artery system. These vessels are more prominent and "dig" into these nerves thus leading to a pain syndrome. Treatment for both is often with neurosurgical microvascular decompression--that is, padding the nerves from the vessel.
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 41 years experience
Neuralgia: There are two different diseases involving two different cranial nerves. In my years of practice I have not seen a patient with both. While it could happen it would be a very rare occurrence.
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