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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Trigeminal Neuralgia Often Precedes MS
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MS diagnosis also occurred at a later age in those with facial pain
Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
Trigeminal neuralgia occurred frequently in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, and preceded the diagnosis of MS in 15% of those affected, researchers reported.
Almost 10% of 8,590 survey respondents with MS had been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Of 588 respondents who reported the year that trigeminal neuralgia was diagnosed, the latter's diagnosis preceded MS in 88 individuals, according to Ruth Ann Marrie MD, PhD, of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and colleagues.
An additional 18% were diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and MS in the same year, they wrote in the International Journal of MS Care.
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