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Neurophysiological assessment of craniofacial pain

The Journal of Headache and Pain20067:287

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10194-006-0287-1

Received: 31 March 2006

Accepted: 31 March 2006

Published: 26 April 2006

Abstract

This review deals with the diagnostic usefulness of neurophysiological testing in patients with craniofacial pain.

Neurophysiological testing of trigeminal nerve function relies on trigeminal reflexes and laser–evoked potentials (LEPs). This review briefly describes the physiology of trigeminal reflexes and LEPs, reports normal values and highlights the neurophysiological abnormalities in the main clinical conditions.

Key words

Trigeminal nerve Pain Trigeminal reflexes Laser–evoked potentials