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Trigeminal neuralgia type 1 is a rare disorder and we see about 5-10 new cases every 100,000 people. If you take a city like Tucson that has got about a million people, you're looking at 50-100 new cases each year. That may seem like a lot, but when you put that in perspective, that means any given primary care physician may go years without ever seeing a case, and so its rarity makes it sometimes very difficult to diagnose because people on the front lines don't see it that often.

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Abhay Sanan, MD


  • 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

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