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Trigeminal neuralgia complicating a syndromic craniosynostosis treated with acupuncture: a case report


International Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Carmelo Pasquale Guido,1 Veronica Santarlasci,2 Oreste Gallo,3 Rocco Domenico Mediati,4 Glauco Cristofaro5

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Abstract

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is the most common cranial neuralgia, defined as sudden, usually unilateral, severe, brief, stabbing, recurrent episodes of pain in the distribution of one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve; some patients experience also a degree of dull, burning, or tingling pain between attacks. TN may have a significant impact upon quality of life due to the associated depres¬sion and anxiety. TN’s pain is generally managed with medical therapy alone, carbamazepine being the first-line medica¬tion. Pfeiffer syndrome is a rare inherited disorder associated with primary craniosynostosis, midface hypoplasia and other anatomical abnormalities. Acupuncture is a valid therapeutic option for painful conditions, including neuralgias. Hereby, we describe remission from trigeminal neuralgia-related pain in a 37years old man with Pfeiffer Syndrome, after acupuncture. 

Keywords

pfeiffer syndrome, traditional chinese medicine acupuncture, auriculotherapy, trigeminal neuralgia, PS, IASP, international association for the study of pain, TN, UIM, unit of integrative medicine

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