Anesthesia dolorosa

Overview

Type of disease: Rare Condition or Disease

Anesthesia dolorosa (AD) means painful numbness referred to as a deafferentation pain syndrome. It can occur after traumatic or surgical injury to the trigeminal nerve. Procedures most likely to produce AD are percutaneous (through the cheek) procedures using radiofrequency, balloon compression, or glycerol. AD may also occur following a trigeminal rhizotomy, in which a surgeon intentionally cuts the trigeminal nerve root. Pain, described as burning, boring, prickling, or as a feeling of heaviness, tightness, or pressure, is constant and is felt in their area of numbness. Diagnosis is generally based on the description of symptoms

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