How frequent are attacks of trigeminal neuralgia (TN)?

Updated: Jul 11, 2019
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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This condition is an exception to the rule that nerve injuries typically produce symptoms of constant pain and allodynia. If the pain is particularly frequent, patients may be difficult to examine during the height of an attack. The number of attacks may vary from less than 1 per day, to a 12 or more per hour, up to hundreds per day. Outbursts fully abate between attacks, even when they are severe and frequent.


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