Trigeminal Neuralgia Clinic

The UCSF Trigeminal Neuralgia Clinic provides advanced medical treatment for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, as well as surgical treatment when appropriate. For undiagnosed patients who are experiencing severe facial pain, our neurologists are also experts in determining whether the pain is caused by trigeminal neuralgia or another disorder.

Most patients begin with a comprehensive evaluation by one of our neurologists to determine what's causing their facial pain. If trigeminal neuralgia is found to be the cause for you, the doctor will first try to control your pain using medication. If medical management is not successful, surgical treatment may be an option, and you will be referred to our neurosurgeon for an evaluation.

If you've already received a definitive diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia, and medication has not resolved your pain, your neurologist may refer you directly for an evaluation with our neurosurgeon. Please note that patients may not self-refer for a surgical evaluation.

We are part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

Our locations

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Closed-loop Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Refractory Neuropathic Pain

    Visual Analog Score is indicated by the patient by marking a 10 cm line as they rate their pain intensity from 0 to 100 in mm.

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Refractory Chronic Pain

    Visual Analog Score is indicated by the patient by marking a 10 cm line as they rate their pain intensity from 0 to 100 in mm.

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      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-neurology

      Best in the West in neurology & neurosurgery

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