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Neurosurgery Research Day 2020

Neurosurgery Research Day was held on January 25, 2020. Highlights included Guest Speaker Alice Rhoton-Viasak, MD and the Resident Research Award.

When is facial pain NOT Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Rarely, a nerve in the mouth may be injured during a dental procedure, like a tooth extraction or a root canal. This leads to the immediate onset of a constant, burning, or aching pain in the distribution of the trigeminal nerve supplying that tooth, including the face. There is often some numbness.

Meeting of the Minds

“We can transform the future of brain cancer research through this summit and the efforts of each of you,” said Zucker, a UF Board of Trustees member and chair of the ReMission Summit. “We are driven by the same shared aspiration, a vision of a future where odds have shifted in favor of the patient, where a brain tumor diagnosis is a comma, not a full stop, in a patient’s life.”

What is Postherpetic Neuralgia?

Herpes zoster is a virus that causes chicken pox in childhood. In adult life, if it recurs, it causes “shingles”, an outbreak of small lesions on the skin. They usually occur in the distribution of a nerve root. If the nerve root is the trigeminal nerve, the outbreak will occur on the face, usually in V1, the forehead and eye. The outbreak is painful. If you have this you should seek immediate medical attention, since early drug treatment can prevent chronic pain.