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Craniofacial pain 

Craniofacial pain
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Craniofacial pain
Author(s):

John Scadding

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198569381.003.0422
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date: 24 June 2018

Craniofacial pain, excluding the headache disorders, comprises a heterogeneous group of conditions. Some fall within the sphere of the neurologist, but many call for other specialist skills in diagnosis and management. The site of pain is not always a good guide to either the nature of the pain or the tissue of origin. Patients with craniofacial pain are frequently referred to the neurologist on an assumption that the pain is neuralgic, and for this reason neurologists need to be aware of the many potential causes and be prepared to collaborate closely with other specialists, including the ear, nose, and throat surgeon, ophthalmologist, dental surgeon, oral medicine physician, and psychiatrist. An accurate and detailed history is essential, because in many patients with facial pain, there will be no abnormal physical signs and the diagnosis rests entirely on the history.

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