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Pain Research and Management
Volume 1 (1996), Issue 2, Pages 125-129
Canadian Pain Society Symposium

Comparison of Trigeminal and Postherpetic Neuralgia

C Peter N Watson

Received 22 August 1995; Accepted 22 November 1995

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Although postherpetic neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux) are common causes of facial pain, they have very little in common aside from lancinating pain (other qualities of pain in each disorder are different). Each disorder affects different areas of the face and the treatment of each is quite dissimilar. The pathogenesis of these two disorders quite likely involves different mechanisms. This report reviews aspects of these two difficult pain problems, particularly with reference to the work of the late Gerhard Fromm, to whom this is dedicated.