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Bronx Lebanon hospital

HOBOKEN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

LENOX HILL HOSPITAL

You don't have to live with 
the pain of
Trigeminal Neuralgia

Meet Dr. Ramesh Babu

Trigeminal Neuralgia Specialist

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Dr. Ramesh Babu has been treating trigeminal neuralgia since 1981. He started in India in National Institute of mental heath and neurosciences in Bangalore. He studied under Dr. Richard Rovit who did radio ablative lesions for trigeminal neuralgia and Dr. Peter Jannetta who pioneered micro-vascular decompression. Dr. Babu also studied under professor Madjid Samii, many consider him the father of skull base surgery and he is a Board member of the TNA.

Learn More About Trigeminal Neuralgia

Introduction to
Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is an uncommon condition associated with agonizing face pain that makes it difficult to talk or eat. Additional extreme discomfort may be associated with the fear that such pain may recur, often at unpredictable moments. Much can be done to help patients who suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia. The best over-all medical care for patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia requires expertise in diagnosis, imaging (MRI scan), treatment with medicines and neurosurgical operations: Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS), needle rhizotomies (radiofrequency electrocoagulation [RFE], glycerol and balloon micro-compression) and microvascular decompression (MVD).

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Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Pains are brief, lasting from seconds to a couple of minutes. Attacks of repeated brief bursts of severe pain may occur and last for an hour or more.
  • Pains are usually shooting, stabbing, sharp and electric-like. Pains are usually triggered by light touch such as talking, eating or brushing the teeth.
  • Pains are located in the face, usually in the cheek, lips, jaw, palate, tongue, teeth, gums, side of the nose and, less often, about the eye and forehead.
  • Pain is usually on one side of the face, although infrequently, similar pains may develop at some other time on the other side of the face.
  • Pains usually respond, at least initially, to carbamazepine (Tegretol) or oxcarbazepine (Trileptal).

Diagnosing Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • The most important diagnostic maneuver is to have a consultation with a physician who is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. He will listen very carefully to you and will perform an office examination. He will discuss treatment options.
  • MRI is helpful for diagnosing a brain tumor or multiple sclerosis. A special thin-section MRI (one mm thick slices) without and with dye injected into the vein will show the relationship between any blood vessels and the trigeminal nerve.