Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of trigeminal neuralgia (TN)?

Updated: Jul 11, 2019
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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No geographic tendency or racial differences have been found for trigeminal neuralgia. However, females are affected up to twice as often as males (range, 3:2 to 2:1). In addition, in 90% of patients, the disease begins after age 40 years, with a typical onset of 60-70 years (middle and later life). Patients who present with the disease when aged 20-40 years are more likely to suffer from a demyelinating lesion in the pons secondary to multiple sclerosis; younger patients also tend to have symptomatic or secondary trigeminal neuralgia . There have also been occasional reports of pediatric cases of trigeminal neuralgia.

Another risk factor for this syndrome is hypertension.


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