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Trigeminal Neuralgia in Wind Musicians
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2006
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 46, Issue 9, pages 1458–1460, October 2006
How to Cite
Cheshire, W. P. (2006), Trigeminal Neuralgia in Wind Musicians. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 46: 1458–1460. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2006.00589_2.x
From the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA.
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2006
- Accepted for publication June 30, 2006.
- trigeminal neuralgia;
- wind musicians
The author reports 3 patients with trigeminal neuralgia whose pain was triggered by musical performance. Use of the muscles of embouchure activated the trigger zone when playing the clarinet, saxophone, flute, piccolo, trombone, or whistling. In each case, the location of the trigger zone was perioral, regardless of which division of the trigeminal nerve emanated pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is a particularly disabling affliction when it occurs in wind musicians.