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is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Virginia Simnad
27 years experience Neurology
Possibly: Trigeminal neuralgia in a younger adult may be caused by multiple sclerosis. However, there must be more than just trigeminal neuralgia to define definite ms. History of other suspicious symptoms, abnormalities on neuro exam other than just trigeminal neuralgia and supplemental diagnostic studies will better define the suspicion for ms.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Adam Hebb
Dr. Adam Hebb commented
20 years experience Neurosurgery
Medications or surgical percutaneous balloon micro compression are good treatment options.
Mar 30, 2013
Dr. Adam Hebb
Dr. Adam Hebb commented
20 years experience Neurosurgery
Medications or surgical percutaneous balloon micro compression are good treatment options.
Mar 30, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
33 years experience Neurology
Sometimes: Bilateral tn in a young person should lead to a workup for multiple sclerosis.
Answered on Oct 21, 2016
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Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
There is also a condition known as Melkerson's Syndrome that presents with bilateral Trigeminal neuralgia. (this rare condition is often familial.)
Apr 27, 2014
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
YES: Trigeminal neuralgia can indeed be a complication of MS lesions within the brain stem afflicting the trigeminal nerve, or its connections.
Answered on Nov 24, 2017

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