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Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias presenting in a multidisciplinary tertiary orofacial pain clinic

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Original languageEnglish
Article number69
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Issue number1
Early online date11 Jun 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jun 2019

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Orofacial pain may have a variety of causes and offers a significant clinical challenge for its diagnosis and management. Objective: To assess the headache disorders presenting in a tertiary multidisciplinary orofacial pain clinic, after dental causes have been excluded. Methods: Clinic letters from the initial consultation and subsequent follow up reviews of the 142 patients, who were seen in the tertiary Multidisciplinary Orofacial Pain clinic between January 2015 until January 2018 were reviewed as a clinical audit. Results: The most common diagnoses were possible trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (n = 62, 44%), migraine (n = 38, 27%) and painful post-traumatic trigeminal neuropathy (n = 17, 12%). The most common trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia diagnosis was hemicrania continua (n = 13, 9%), which is higher than the reported prevalence in neurology and headache clinics. Conclusion: This study demonstrates the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing complex orofacial pain patients and the importance of awareness of primary headache disorders, in particular trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, thereby reducing unnecessary diagnostic delays or procedures.

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