Newsletter

Stay up to date on all things trigeminal neuralgia. Sign up and we’ll send you the latest news, resources, scientific breakthroughs, events, tips, and much more.

Testing

Testing

Testing
Transcript

Once the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia are suspected, usually the most important test to get is a brain MRI scan. The reason for that is that we want to be looking and seeing if there's an actual mass that's pushing on the trigeminal nerve. That's uncommon. Most of the time we're getting the MRI scan to sort of say, "look, you don't have a brain tumor as the underlying cause of this." Sometimes the brain MRI scan will show a blood vessel that's pushing up against the nerve, which is what we think in most people may be the irritative cause on the nerve producing the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia.

Related Videos

Testing

Diagnosis

Risk Factors

Screening Process

Doctor Profile

Abhay Sanan, MD

Neurosurgeon

  • Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Arizona, University Medical Center
  • Has received numerous awards throughout his career for research

Doctor Profile

Abhay Sanan, MD

Neurosurgeon

  • Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Arizona, University Medical Center
  • Has received numerous awards throughout his career for research

Doctor Profile

Abhay Sanan, MD

Neurosurgeon

  • Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Arizona, University Medical Center
  • Has received numerous awards throughout his career for research

Doctor Profile

Abhay Sanan, MD

Neurosurgeon

  • Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Arizona, University Medical Center
  • Has received numerous awards throughout his career for research

Doctor Profile

Abhay Sanan, MD

Neurosurgeon

  • Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Arizona, University Medical Center
  • Has received numerous awards throughout his career for research

Send this to a friend