Etiology of Head Pain

  • Trusharth PatelEmail author
  • Tyler Burns


Head and facial pain encompass numerous conditions which can be debilitating and represent a significant health burden. Conditions described in this chapter focus on more common neuropathic conditions causing head and facial pain. Many times, the etiology remains unclear, but having a general understanding of potential causes of painful head and face conditions can lead to early diagnosis and effective treatment strategies to help with improvement of quality of life and restoration of function.


Cranial neuralgias Trigeminal neuralgia Glossopharyngeal neuralgia Auriculotemporal neuralgia Occipital neuralgia Postherpetic neuralgia Superior laryngeal neuralgia Optic neuritis Burning mouth syndrome Persistent idiopathic facial pain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pain Medicine, Department of AnesthesiologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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