More common procedures for painful facial tics carry high costs

22 agosto 2014

For patients who need surgery for facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia, the most cost-effective procedure is the least often used, reports a study. Trigeminal neuralgia is a relatively common chronic pain condition, especially among older adults. Sometimes called «tic douloureux,» trigeminal neuralgia is associated with a typical pattern of painful facial tics. Pain is thought to be caused by blood vessels placing pressure on the trigeminal nerve in the face.