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Risk Factors

Risk Factors

Risk Factors

Although trigeminal neuralgia can affect every age group, we do know that the younger you are, the less at risk you are. Most of the people afflicted with this condition are over the age of 50. We also know that there's a difference between male and female risk, with women having twice the risk of getting this condition than men. Again, the reasons for this are not entirely known. We have some clues. We think that with the aging process, the insulation may wear down and that's what causes trigeminal neuralgia to be more common as we get older. Nevertheless, it's a rare disorder across all age groups, but the bottom line is: it's more common the older you get and much more common in women than men.

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  • 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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