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glossopharyngeal neuralgia

Didier A. Depireux didier at tango.isr.umd.edu
Thu Oct 31 14:19:34 EST 2002

JT <jt at jt.net> wrote:
> First off, please excuse me if this is off-topic but I am desperate for feedback and you seem like a smart bunch of folks. :) I just returned from a second-opinion neurosurgeon appointment. 2 for 2 say I have glossopharyngeal neuralgia with atypical symptoms. 

Unfortunately, you have one of the rarest forms of cranial nerve
neuralgia... I am not sure about your "atypical symptons", though. The
cause(s) of IXth nerve neuralgia is unknown. The typical neuralgia is a
burning or a stabbing pain, often initiated by swallowing, talking,
protrusion of the tongue (voluntary) or touching the tonsils. The paroxyms
are typically triggered by eating, when the above-mentioned areas are
stimulated. _The_ reference I know of on the subject is

Lange DL, Trojaborg W and Rowland LP, in "Rowland LP et al (eds), Merrit's
textbook of neurology", published in 95 by Williams and Wilkins. Any
medical library will have it and let you consult it. 


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