TNA conference organizers, from left: Dr. Michael Pasternak, President
of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA); Ms. Shelly Wilson,
conference coordinator; and TNA Medical Advisory Boad members Dr.
Jeffrey Cohen, Dr. Peter Jannetta (Chairman of the Board), and Dr.
David A. Sirois.
NYUCD was both the site and a cosponsor for a Trigeminal Neuralgia
and Chronic Facial Pain Patient Conference and Continuing Education
Course in April. The event drew over 200 participants from 16 states.
It was also cosponsored by the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association's
New York Support Groups and Winthrop University Hospital, and was
organized by Dr. David A. Sirois, Associate Professor of Oral Medicine
and of Diagnostic Science and Urgent Care and the newly appointed
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
In addition to presentations targeted to patients and their families
on the management of facial pain resulting from trigeminal neuralgia
(TN) and other neuropathic facial pain conditions, the conference
offered a Continuing Education session for physicians, dentists, nurses,
physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists, dental
assistants and other allied health professionals. The aim of the CE
session was to provide an understanding of trigeminal neuralgia and
chronic facial pain disorders, the dental evaluation of patients,
the diagnosis and management of classic TN and related facial pain,
when a patient should be referred to a neurologist or neurosurgeon,
and an understanding of the different surgical treatments for TN and
chronic facial pain.
Topics included the history of TN, spectrum of neuropathic face pain,
dentistry and TN, before and after the diagnosis issues, medical management,
principles and concepts of surgery, microvascular decompression, percutaneous
procedures, radiosurgery, motor cortex stimulation, case studies and
The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association is a national, non-profit association
concerned with the plight of those who suffer from TN (trigeminal
neuralgia) and other neuropathic facial pain. TN, also known as tic
douloureux, is a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve causing episodes
of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the
face where the nerve is distributed. TN is not fatal but is considered
to be one of the most painful afflictions known.